BENGALURU: The High Court on Tuesday wondered how K Marigowda, a close confidant of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah can bully a woman IAS officer (Mysure deputy commissioner C Shikha) and wanted to know how officers can function in such a situation.
Justice Anand Byrareddy made this observation before the counsel for Marigowda, a former Mysuru ZP chief, withdrew the anticipatory bail plea. Marigowda’s counsel withdrew the plea after Justice Byrareddy indicated that he is not inclined to grant bail. “The judge observed that it would be better if the petitioner appears before a lower court and seek regular bail,” he said.
During the hearing, the counsel contended that his client was accused of trivial offences except one which is non-bailable. Government Advocate Chetan Desai argued that the incident did not occur on the spur of the moment but was a planned and pre-meditated one. Stating that eyewitnesses, including the commissioner of Mysuru City Corporation had confirmed the incident, he informed the court about a case of land grabbing case involving Marigowda.
It may be noted that state government had withdrawn the 10 cases pending against Marigowda in 2010 and one cheating case against him is still pending.