Marigowda’s advance bail plea hearing put off
Bengaluru: The High Court on Friday questioned how bail can be granted to a person obstructing the work of a public servant. Justice K N Phaneendra made these observations while hearing the anticipatory bail application filed by K Marigowda, ex-president of Mysuru Zilla Panchayat and a close aide of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The court adjourned the hearing to Monday.
The state government has opposed Marigowda’s anticipatory bail application saying the petitioner is an influential person with political clout and would influence the investigation, threaten and tamper the prosecution witnesses. In its objection, the government cited 11 cases filed against Marigowda in Mysuru. Further, the government contented that Marigowda was involved in land mafia.
The petitioner obstructed C Shikha, Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru, abused her in filthy language and threatened her of dire consequences in full glare of media and the public, the government stated. The petitioner stated that the complaint registered by Shikha implicated him in a false case only to curb his political prospects in Mysuru city. The government said that the social status of the petitioner cannot be ground to seek bail.