Cases against Siddu men withdrawn

 The Cabinet’s move comes a week after it decided to withdraw cases against supporters of the Reddy brothers of Bellary drawing criticism from the Opposition.
On Thursday, the Cabinet gave its approval for withdrawal of 17 cases against the supporters of Siddaramaiah registered in Jayapura in Mysore in 2007, according to Home Minister V S Acharya.

In March 2007, as many as 100 supporters of Siddaramaiah had allegedly involved themselves in rioting during protest alleging a violation of protocol. They were apparently upset that Siddaramaiah had not been invited for the foundation-laying ceremony for a hospital at Jayapura on the outskirts of Mysore.

The police had arrested Siddaramaiah and his supporters soon after the incident. In all 22 cases were registered including five by the Corps of Detectives. The CoD later filed ‘B’ reports citing lack of evidence, the Minister said.

The police action was interpreted as vengeance by the Kumaraswamy government against Siddaramaiah who had then recently defeated the JD(S) in the byelection to Chamundeshwari constituency.

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