After remaining underground for almost a week, the Congress MLA, booked for assaulting two policemen at a popular bar in Bangalore on July 1, appeared before the police for questioning here on Monday.
Vijayanand Kashappanavar, the MLA from Hungund in north Karnataka, was celebrating his birthday at Skyye Bar and Pub in central Bangalore on the night of July 1 when he allegedly assaulted two police constables as they tried to enforce the closure deadline for bars and pubs in the city.
Sources in the police said Kashappanavar was asked around 80 questions over a period of four and a half hours by Assistant Commissioner of Police (Organised Crime Wing) K P Ravikumar and other officials. Kashappanavar reportedly told police that he was at the bar because his family had organised a surprise birthday party for him. He denied the presence of Some Gowda, a rowdy sheeter and co-accused in the assault case, at the party. He also claimed that he never invited Gowda to his party.
Sources said Kashappanavar would not be arrested as he has begun cooperating with the police. “According to the laid procedure, police can arrest any accused person if he does not cooperate with the investigation when he is facing charges that attract a prison term below seven years. All the charges against Kashappanavar entail imprisonment of less than seven years,” a police officer said on the condition of anonymity.
Police sources said staff and other persons at the Skyye Bar have been questioned too. The investigators are making efforts to nab Gowda, sources said.