Udupi, Nov 06, 2018: Udupi Principal District and Sessions Court on Nov 5, Monday granted conditional bail to Rajeshwari Shetty, one of the accused in the murder of businessman Bhaskar Shetty.
As per the directions of the Supreme Court, the district court has completed hearing of 36 witnesses in connection with the murder case.
The Supreme Court on April 23, 2018 had directed the district court to complete the hearing of 36 witnesses out of 167 witnesses within six months. The court has completed the hearing of 40 witnesses, including Forensic Science Laboratory DNA division officer Purushotham and granted conditional bail to Rajeshwari Shetty.
Rajeshwari is lodged at Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru at present. Following the granting of bail, she is likely to be released from prison within two days, a source said. Senior Advocate Arun Bangera and Narayana Poojary were advocates for accused.
The conditions laid down by the court are not to scare the witnesses and the court asked Rajeshwari Shetty to appear for all the court hearings. The court has also asked her to furnish a bond for Rs 1 lakh. The hearing on the case has been posted to February 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Recap : NRI businessman Bhaskar Shetty went missing from his house here on July 28, 2016. His mother Gulabi Shetty lodged a missing person complaint on July 29. The police arrested his wife Rajeshwari, her son Navaneeth and astrologer Niranjan Bhat on the charge of murdering Bhaskar Shetty and destroying the evidence, in Udupi on August 7, 2016.