May 30 – A Day of Jail and Bail News
Mangaluru: Manjunath Shenoy aka Manju Neereshwalya, a freelance photographer, had been arrested by the city police on Sunday. He has been accused of assisting Naresh Shenoy, the prime accused in the murder of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga, to evade arrest.
He has also been charged with passing information to Naresh Shenoy about the developments of the murder case here and also assisting him in getting shelter in various points to evade arrest. Police sources said that Naresh has been hiding somewhere in Uttar Pradesh.
He is believed to be constantly changing his location, which has become a challenge for the city police to arrest him.
On Monday, JMFC II court in the city has granted bail to Manjunath. ACP Tilakchandra, who is heading the investigation team probing into Vinayak Baliga murder, has said that the high court has posted the hearing on the anticipatory bail application of Naresh Shenoy to June 1.
The police have informed that only four persons had been arrested in connection with blackmail of Raghavendra Poojary of Guddeyangadi of Puttige for a ransom of Rs 2 lakh. Santosh Poojary of Moodbidri, Vishwanath and Rohit Kumar of Mangaluru and Gururaj of Bantwal were nabbed, while another Rohit, hailing from Shishila in Beltangady taluk, is absconding.
The four were granted bail by a court in Moodbidri on Monday. In a twist to the episode, Raghavendra Poojary has filed an affidavit in the court stating that Santosh Poojary’s name was included in the complain because of wrong information and that he had no role in the case.