The Karnataka High Court has refused to grant bail to Mohammed Haris Nalapad, who allegedly assaulted a youth at a drunken brawl at a cafe in UB City on February 17. Justice Sreenivas Harish Kumar had reserved the judgement on the bail plea after the conclusion of arguments on Monday.
Nalapad, the son of Shantinagar MLA NA Haris, and his associates are charged with an attempt to murder Vidvat Loganathan the son of a businessman. The issue became a political slugfest and Nalapad, who was a youth wing representative of the Congress party, was stripped of his post.
With both the prosecution and the defence trying to prove their case, the bail petition took up two whole post-afternoon sessions of Court 21 of the High Court.
The many points in contention include Nalapad’s alleged use of knuckle rings in his assault on Vidvat, the victim allegedly making false statements regarding his health, and the use of the police to change the charge from assault to attempt to murder.
This is the second time Nalapad’s bail plea has been rejected. The Sessions Court had earlier rejected the bail plea on Friday, March 2
The brawl snowballed into a major issue after it was alleged that the legislator’s son was having a free reign in his father’s constituency. It was confirmed that that the local police initially stalled registering an FIR and also allowed Mohammed to evade arrest and go into hiding immediately after the incident.
Mohammed Nalapad Haris was arrested after he was allowed to surrender before Cubbon Park police on February 20. He was initially remanded in police custody and later shifted to Parappana Agrahara prison in judicial custody.