Nov 15, 2020 11:34 UTC
Nov 15, 2020 at 11:37 UTC
NEWS: Karnataka HC directs Police to arrest former Mayor Sampath Raj In Bangaluru Riots Case
The Karnataka High Court directed the police to take all measures to trace and arrest the former Mayor of the city Sampath Raj, in connection to the Bangaluru Riots that took place in month of August.
A Division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Vishwajith Shetty passed this direction after knowing that a non-bailable warrant had been issued to the former Mayor, who is absconding.
The court is hearing petitions seeking transfer of the probe into the incident to National Investigation Agency or any other Central investigation agency.
During an earlier hearing, two matters related to the riots were transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
On August 11, a mob of around 300 people had gathered near DJ Halli Police Station in East Bangalure, protesting against an allegedly derogatory Facebook comment on Prophet Mohammed posted by one P Naveen, nephew of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy. Eventually clashes broke out between the mob and the police leading to the death of three persons in police firing. Many policemen and journalists were also injured.
Former Mayor is a sitting congress corporator who has been accused of instigating the mob.