Scribe released on bail

Scribe released on bail

Kannada television channel news reporter Naveen Soorinje who was behind the bars after facing charges in the infamous Mangalore homestay attack, was released on bail from Mangalore jail, on Saturday evening. Soorinje was arrested four months ago, after his name was included in the chargesheet filed by the police pertaining to the case.

He was released after the High Court granted him bail on March 18, based on Rs five lakh surity bond. As he came out of the jail, a number of people from various organisations like DYFI, PUCL and Komu Sowharda Vedike welcomed him with garlands and slogans. DYFI District Secretary Muneer Katipalla claimed the release of Soorinje on bail as a set back to the government. One of the homestay victims Vijay Kumar who had given statement in the High Court favouring Naveen, too was present.

Soorinje who is one of the 44 accused in the homestay attack, was arrested on November 7, 2012 by Mangalore Rural police. On asked about the future course of action, his advocate Sathish Bantwal said that the decision on how to go about with the case or fighting against the wrongful arrest of Naveen will be decided after discussing with Soorinje. However, Soorinje denied to speak to the media after his release.

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