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Bengaluru highlights, June 28: Mekedatu padayatra chargesheet against Congress leaders stayed

Bengaluru Karnataka highlights, June 28, 2022: Not aware about contents of ED charge sheet, says Karnataka Cong chief Shivakumar; Association for Protection of Civil Rights (Karnataka chapter) calls for immediate release of Teesta Setalvad.

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Bangalore | Updated: June 29, 2022 10:15:56 am
The Karnataka High Court. (PTI, file)

Bengaluru highlights, June 28: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday stayed the operation of the chargesheet filed against Congress leaders including former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and party’s state president D K Shivakumar, accused of violating COVID-19 protocol. The chargesheet was filed in the case pertaining to the padayatra led by the two leaders demanding construction of the Mekedatu dam across the river Cauvery.

Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar, who is slated to appear before a Delhi court later this week in connection with a money laundering case, on Tuesday said he is not aware about the contents of Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) charge sheet against him and is yet to receive a copy of it. A Delhi court last month summoned him and others in a money laundering case registered against him in 2018.

The Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) Karnataka chapter has demanded the immediate release of journalist and social activist Teesta Setalvad, describing her arrest as a “strangle of justice”. In a press statement, the APCR termed Teesta Setalvad an indefatigable defender of human rights and strongly condemned the arrest of Teesta by Gujarat ATS on dubious grounds citing the recent judgement of the Supreme Court. “It is unacceptable that a person who has been fighting for the justice of the citizens should be accused of fabricating evidence and misleading the special investigation team,” Advocate Muhammad Niyaz, General secretary of the APCR Karnataka Chapter, said in a statement. The APCR demands her release, withdrawal of the false case and cessation of harassment.

 

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Mekedatu padayatra chargesheet against Congress leaders stayed

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday stayed the operation of the chargesheet filed against Congress leaders including former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and party's state president D K Shivakumar, accused of violating COVID-19 protocol.

The chargesheet was filed in the case pertaining to the padayatra led by the two leaders demanding construction of the Mekedatu dam across the river Cauvery.

The 10-day padayatra that had begun on January nine, from Mekedatu, the confluence of rivers Cauvery and Arkavathi, was supposed to end here, but it was suspended on January 13, due to the High Court cracking the whip as the Congress ignored the restrictions imposed by the State government in view of surge in COVID cases and possible third wave. The march was relaunched in February from the place it was suspended to reach the destination - Bengaluru. (PTI)

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Among the success stories in the recent Lok Adalats was the the reconciliation of a couple who were living separately for 50 years. The wife aged 80 and husband aged 85 reconciled in the Lok Adalat at Civil Judge Senior Division, Kalaghatagi. After conciliation, both parties settled the matter by way of reunion. (PTI)

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Who was Kempagowda, what are BJP’s political calculations behind the statue plan? Read Full Explainer Here



The 108-ft bronze statue is being constructed in a 23-acre heritage park on the airport premises. (Image: Twitter @CMofKarnataka)
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A Delhi court last month summoned him and others in a money laundering case registered against him in 2018.

Special Judge Vikas Dhull had directed Shivakumar to appear on July 1, taking cognisance of a charge sheet filed by the ED through its Special Public Prosecutor Nitesh Rana against him and others in the case. (PTI)

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First published on: 27-06-2022 at 08:15:41 am