BANGALORE: The brutal attack on scribes by a section of advocates on the city civil court premises on Friday and the subsequent arrest of four advocates have kicked off a political blame game.
A day after the arrest of general secretary of Bangalore Advocates Association A P Ranganath, a close associate of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s family, Congress MP Vishwanth accused that the Gowda family was behind the attack with an intention to defame Bangalore Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji.
A quick rebuttal came from JD (S) state president H D Kumaraswamy, who suspected political vendetta in the arrest of Ranganath.
“Ranganath played a supporting role in ensuring that cases are registered against former CM B S Yeddyurappa in the courts.
It is in this background he has been arrested.
The police did not even verify whether Ranganath was there on the court premises which witnessed violence on Friday,” he added.
Apart from the political blame game, several theories are also doing rounds on what caused the Friday’s upheaval.
One theory goes like this: the state government took its own time to instruct the police to act against lawyers as it wanted to show the media persons their place.
The people in the government were not happy with the media exposing the porn gate scandal, which caught the attention of the entire world.
It is only when the situation appeared to have gone out of control, the authorities instructed the police to act.
According to another theory, the BJP leaders who are nursing grudge against the chief minister incited the attack on media with an aim to create law and order problem.
By doing so they wanted to paint Gowda as a poor administrator with having no control over his official machinery.
Some feel it was mining baron G Janardhana Reddy ‘s supporters who ran riot on the court premises.
They came in the advocates’ attire to hide their identities.