Defence advocate says case against Naveen is politically motivated
The Karnataka High Court on Thursday granted bail to Pulakeshi Nagar legislator Akhanda Srinivas Murthy’s nephew Naveen, whose post on Facebook allegedly triggered the August 11 riots in DJ Halli and nearby areas.
Naveen can leave jail after furnishing a bond for Rs 2 lakh. The other conditions are that he cannot leave Bengaluru, must appear at the jurisdictional police station on the 1st of every month, cannot tamper with evidence and cannot post controversial comments on social media.
Naveen’s counsel argued that he had only forwarded the post and had later deleted it. Arguing that his client was innocent, his advocate alleged that the case was politically motivated. The prosecution opposed grant of bail to Naveen’s by referring to the riots that had followed his Facebook post.
The HC said bail was being granted on the ground that there was a threat to the life of the petitioner.