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Muthalik in custody of Mangalore police

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: The city police on Wednesday secured the custody of Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik from the Davangere police.

Mr. Muthalik will be brought to the city on Thursday for questioning in connection with the attack on a pub here.

Inspector-General of Police (Western Range) A.M. Prasad said that Mr. Muthalik was a suspect in the pub attack case. “We have arrested him to facilitate our ongoing investigation in the case,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Second Additional District and Sessions Court heard the arguments of the defence and the prosecution in the case. A decision on the bail and police custody petitions is expected to be taken on Thursday.

‘Conditional bail’

Davangere Staff Correspondent reports:

Pramod Muthalik was granted “conditional bail” on Wednesday.

However, he was again arrested by the Mangalore police in connection with the pub attack case.

Mr. Muthalik was produced before S.G. Biraladinni, Civil Judge, early on Wednesday. Mr. Muthalik’s counsel prayed that his client be granted bail.

As the public prosecutor was not present, the judge instructed the police to produce him before the court later in the day. Mr. Muthalik was arrested in connection with a “provocative speech” he had made here.

27 cases

Bangalore Staff Reporter writes:

There are now 27 cases booked against Mr. Muthalik. These cases have been booked in different parts of the State between 2001 and 2008. Among the charges made against him include involvement in rioting, unlawful assembly, making inciting speeches, conducting militant training and defiling religious books.

Cases have been booked in Haveri, Bangalore district, Belgaum, Bijapur, Chikmagalur, Gulbarga, Uttara Kannada, Dharwad, Koppal and Bagalkot districts. He was recently acquitted in a case at Jamkhandi in Bagalkot district.

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