K Marigowda has finally surrendered before the police on Wednesday at around 1:30 pm. He has surrendered before the Nazarbad police station and came with his two friends and advocate.
There were strong rumours that Marigowda would surrender on Wednesday either before the Nazarbad police or before the District Sessions Court following the rejection of his bail plea by the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday.
Marigowda reportedly arrived in the city late on Tuesday and went to his advocate’s house on Wednesday morning. C M Jagadeesh, his advocate, informed Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rajashekar that his client Marigowda would surrender before him, sources said.
The ACP reportedly told the advocate that he was in Bengaluru in connection with a case. Jagadeesh visited the ACP office at around 1 pmand was seen examining the surrender papers prepared by his juniors. Sources said that Marigowda would be taken to a hospital soon after the formalities are completed.
On Tuesday, the Karnataka High Court judge Justice Anand Byrareddy took Marigowda’s advocate to task as he moved the bail application. “If Marigowda can threaten the highest district officer, what is the plight of a common man,” the judge questioned. The advocate withdrew the bail application and it had become inevitable for Marigowda to surrender.
Marigowda who is the former president of the Mysuru Zilla Panchayat, along with his two supporters allegedly intimidated the DC at the Government Guest House where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had arrived to take part in the Iftaar party.
An FIR had been registered at the Nazarbad Police Station based on the complaint by DC Shikha against Marigowda under IPC Sections 143, 147, 504 and 353. Marigowda has been absconding since then.
K Marigowda, a close confidant of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, is absconding from the day of the incident and the police are yet to trace him. Though Marigowda was usually seen with Siddaramaiah, the CM had distanced himself from Marigowda and said that Marigowda was neither his friend nor an associate.