Bengaluru: A single-judge bench of Justice Anand Byrareddy has ruled that holding discussions with one’s advocates is a fundamental right of a person in judicial custody.
The bench made this observation while hearing a plea from Bannanje Raja, an alleged underworld don, currently lodged in Belagavi jail.
The court also observed that the investigating officials’ refusal to allow advocates to visit him jail could not be termed wrong, since they had an apprehension that he, being an international criminal, was prone to assault by outsiders. The court has asked Raja to provide the jail authorities with a list of preferred advocates for consultation.
The court designated under the Karnataka Control of Organized Crime Act (KCOCA) has already completed the hearing in connection with the murder of entrepreneur R N Nayak from Ankola.
Hence he has been shifted to the Parappana Agrahara jail in the city, to continue to be in the judicial custody up to Nov 2.
In the meantime, the Shivamogga police are trying to obtain his custody in connection with the threat to and attempt on the life of entrepreneur Omkarappa.