No bail for Marigowda; police yet to trace him

Public Prosecutor Mahanthappa argued that Marigowda had obstructed the deputy commissioner from discharging her duty, abused and threatened her in public.

The anticipatory bail application filed by Marigowda has been rejected by the Seventh Additional District and Sessions Court in Mysuru on Tuesday afternoon. Marigowda has been accused of intimidating Mysuru Deputy Commissioner C Shikha recently.

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.

The court had on Friday adjourned the bail hearing till Monday and on Monday heard Marigowda’s lawyer Nagaraj and asked the public prosecutor Mahanthappa to file objections to the petition.

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.

Public prosecutor Mahanthappa, in his seven page objection, cited 12 reasons why the accused should not be given bail. Mahanthappa argued that Marigowda had obstructed the deputy commissioner from discharging her duty, abused and threatened her.

He said that the complainant is a woman bureaucrat, the deputy commissioner and district magistrate, and granting bail to Marigowda would send a wrong message to the society. He said that Marigowda used foul language against the officer in a public place and told the court that the accused was an influential person and had faced charges in connection with cases filed during 2006 Chamundeshwari constituency by-election police.

Marigowda’s lawyer C Nagaraj argued that it was an inconsequential case and punishment for offences booked against his client was less than two years. The court honoured the arguments put forth by Mahanthappa and denied him bail.

Though Marigowda is absconding, his sports utility vehicle was found in Mandya last week. Police said that the Toyota Fortuner (KA-09 MB 5508), registered at the Mysuru RTO West on March 27, 2015, was found parked in Mahatma Gandhi Layout on Thandasanahalli Main Road in Mandya.

The rear portion of the SUV that is in the name of Marigowda was covered with a polythene sheet and the front number plate was also covered. A police team from Nazarbad police station had seized the vehicle.

A complaint has also been lodged against Nazarbad police Inspector M L Shekhar for not taking action against K Marigowda. The complaint has been lodged by M C Chikkanna, former Corporator, Mysuru City Corporation and he has alleged that Inspector Shekhar has not taken action against Marigowda and his supporters Manjunath, Basavaraju, Anand and Siddaraju despite the Deputy Commissioner clearly mentioning all the names in her complaint.

Not taking action against them would harm the interests of government officers and public, the complaint said.

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