Munirathna surrenders, gets bail in two cases

Munirathna surrenders, gets bail in two cases

Rajarajeshwari Nagar Congress MLA, N Munirathna surrendered before the VII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court on Monday in connection with two cases registered against him during the assembly elections.

The court has granted him bail in both the cases.

Munirathna was made accused number one in the case registered in Sadashivanagar where poll officials seized a truck on May 7 carrying 5,081 T-shirts with Munirathna’s photographs on them along with 23,393 shorts.

The other case related to the countermanding of polls of RR Nagar assembly constituency, he was made the 14th accused.

The officials had seized 9,564 voter ID cards, 6,342 forms of voter IDs without their signature and 20,700 forms without the signature of the officials and laptops and printers from an apartment in Jalahalli.

Munirathna and others, including seven women, were booked under various sections of the Representation of People Act, 1951 and 1988 and Indian Penal Code for bribery, undue influence, criminal conspiracy, and disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant.

Except the accused number one–Sarid Momen, all the 13 accused have been granted a bail in this case.

The proceedings

Munirathna arrived at the court hall at around 3.30 pm on Monday along with his advocate and sat on the bench. The case came up for hearing and Munirathna walked near the accused box.

Even as he stood near the accused box, the magistrate instructed him to go and stand inside it.

Munirathna stood in the box. The third accused of the Jalahalli voter ID seizure, Ponnayyamma stood nearby but he did not make any eye contact with her.

Hearing the case, the magistrate granted him a bail in both the cases on a condition to surrender a bond of Rs 25,000 and Rs 3000 in cash. He was also directed to not tamper with the evidence and influence the witness.