Mangaluru Mar 27 2018,DH News : The Supreme Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to three persons, who were accused of conspiring and killing Abdul Jaleel Karopady, vice-president of Karopady Gram Panchayat in Dakshina Kannada district, disregarding the strong opposition from the Karnataka government.
A bench of Justices Adarsh K Goel and R F Nariman allowed a plea made by petitioners P Dinesh Shetty, Vinod Kumar Shetty and Pradeep Shetty, represented by senior advocate Basava Prabhu Patil, challenging the Karnataka High Court’s order of January 23, 2018.
Advocate Joseph Aristotle, appearing for the state government, contended that it was a broad day-light murder of Abdul Jaleel, vice-president at his Gram Panchayat office, custodial interrogation of the accused was required to unearth the whole conspiracy.
Patil, however, countered him contending the present petitioners, all residents of Bantwal taluk, were not even chargesheeted by the Karnataka police. All other accused, on the other hand, were earlier granted statutory bail after the police failed to file the charge sheet within a statutory period of 90 days in the case registered with Vittal police station of the incident on April 20, last year.
The state government counsel, for his part, submitted that the police have sought permission to file a supplementary charge sheet. The court, however, found no merit and granted bail to the three accused, he argued.
The top court had earlier this month declined to cancel the bail granted to a group of persons which faced charges under the stringent Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) in a matter on a petition filed by A Mohammad Anwar, brother of the deceased.