Mangaluru, June 9, 2016: The petition seeking anticipatory bail filed in the High Court of Karnataka by Naresh Shenoy , the prime accused in RTI activist Vinayak Baliga murder case has been dismissed today, June 9, 2016.
It may be recalled here that Narersh Shenoy who has been absconding ever since he was named a suspect in the case, had first filed an anticipatory bail plea at the Sessions Court at Mangalore, which was duly rejected. Then he had moved the High Court which too had adjourned the hearing. Later an application was filed for interim bail and the same was also adjourned.
Justice K.N. Phaneendra, while dismissing Naresh Shenoy’s bail petition, said that at this stage, the court cannot come to a conclusion that there is no need of subjecting the petitioner to custodial interrogation. The court accepted the objections raised by the prosecution against granting anticipatory bail to the petitioner.
The court has, based on the contentions of the prosecution, noticed that the petitioner is a politically influential person and is absconding since the murder of Baliga, who was hacked to death near his house in Kodialbail in the early hours of March 21 this year.
Baliga (51), an electrical contractor by profession, was also an RTI activist, as he had unearthed many controversial information related to electricity theft and unauthorised constructions in Mangaluru city.
He had also raised the issue about alleged irregularities in the affairs of the famous Venkataramana temple in Mangaluru.
It was alleged that the some of the accused, who have been arrested by the police, were allegedly hired to kill Baliga and that one of the accused was in touch with the petitioner, who is a leader of the Yuva Brigade and proprietor of Vivek Traders. The petitioner had moved the High Court as a Sessions Court in Mangaluru had, on April 29, refused to grant him anticipatory bail.