Order on Katta bail plea on Oct 17

Order on Katta bail plea on Oct 17

Katta Subramanya had applied for bail on health grounds after tests revealed that he was suffering from a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphoid tissue.

On Friday, Prof Vijayakumar, Director of Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (KMIO), submitted a report to the judge in a sealed cover detailing treatment options for Katta.

Judge N K Sudhindra Rao sought to know if Katta was in need of immediate treatment and if so, whether the treatment could be obtained in Bangalore.

Katta’s counsel submitted to the court that there was no immediate requirement for treatment. However, he sought the permission of the court for Katta to obtain treatment from Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, where he had received his first treatment for cancer.
Following this, the judge said he would pronounce orders on October 17, after studying the report submitted by the doctors.

Earlier, the court had sought a report from the Director of KMIO about the duration and dosage of chemotherapy required and hospitals in Bangalore that can provide such a treatment.

Katta Subramanya Naidu, his son Katta Jagadish and Itasca Software Company M D S V Srinivas are accused in a land scam by Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board, which was investigated by the Lokayukta police. Katta Naidu and son are accused of accepting Rs 87 crores from Itasca Software for allocating 325 acres of land in Bandikodigehalli. Katta Jagadish and Srinivas are presently in judicial custody.

Guttedar killers
Putting an end to a decade-old case, a High Court vacation bench has upheld the lower court order sentencing to life Padmavathi Guttedar and her lover Dr Subhash Patil, a medical student and a resident of Gulbarga, for murdering Ashok Guttedar, Padmavathi’s husband.

Pronouncing the order which was reserved way back in 2009, the division bench comprising Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice K N Keshavanarayana on Friday dismissed the appeal by Padmavathi and Subhash challenging the lower court order dated February 15, 2006, sentencing them to life imprisonment.

The appellants had submitted that there was no direct evidence to prove their involvement in the crime and they had been arrested based on a telephone conversation and sought a direction to set them at liberty. The duo had even appealed to the court to consider the long term they spent in prison since the day of their arrest in 2001.

Background
Ashok Guttedar, liquor contractor and step-brother of Subhash Guttedar, sitting MLA and cousin of Congress MLA Malikaiah Guttedar was found murdered in June 2001. He was shot dead while he was asleep at his in-laws place at Mahalakshmipuram in Bangalore.

Padmavathi had complained that some unknown persons had murdered her husband. However, investigation revealed Padmavathi and Subhash Patil’s role in the incident after Ashok’s brother, Dattaraj Guttedar, furnished details of the telephone conversation between the lovers.

The investigation revealed that Subhash Patil and Padmavathi had colluded to murder Ashok after he found out about their affair and warned his wife. Padmavathi had mixed sleeping pills in Ashok’s food, while she helped Patil into the house to shoot him in his sleep, even as she watched television downstairs with one of her relatives.

The duo were taken into custody and the trial court had sentenced them to life imprisonment. They had appealed against the order, which was reserved in 2009.

Vinod Goel skips hearing
Vinod Goel, the co-accused in the private complaint against former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, failed to appear in the Special Lokayukta Court once again, prompting the court to give a fresh date to pronounce orders on his bail application.

Goel’s counsel Tomy Sebastian cited health reasons on account of which he could not appear in court. An irate court then said it would issue a warrant against him. Following a plea from Goel’s counsel to exempt him, judge N K Sudhindra Rao deferred the pronouncement of orders to October 17.

He has directed Goel to appear in court on that day. Goel has missed the last few appearances in court citing severe back pain and a fall in the bathroom, due to which he has been indisposed.

Goel, who represents Janthakal Enterprises, a mining company, is accused along with Kumaraswamy and his wife Anita Kumaraswamy in a private complaint filed by advocate Vinod Kumar. The complaint alleges renewal of licence to Janthakal Mining Company violating all established norms.

Another allegation was about the bulk allotment of land to Vishwabharathi Housing Cooperative Society during his tenure as chief minister. The complaint alleged that Anita had received a residential plot in return for favouring the housing society. The High Court has granted anticipatory bail to Kumaraswamy and Anita on the condition that they appear in the Lokayukta court for all hearings.

Order on textbook printing
The High Court vacation bench on Friday upheld the State government notification to permit bidding for printing and publishing of textbooks for the academic year 2012-13 by only companies from five states under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

The petitioner, Jhansi Printing Company, had moved the High Court challenging the State government’s decision to permit companies from only a few states to participate in the bidding. The order mentioned only Pondicherry, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.

The petitioner submitted that printing and publishing came under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan - a Union government project.

Bidders from any part of the country could participate, the petitioner said and sought that the notification dated August 30 be quashed. Justice D V Shailendra Kumar dismissed the petition.

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