Pooja Gandhi made to wait a whole day for being late to court

Kannada actor Pooja Gandhi was made to wait an entire day at a court here on Thursday as she arrived late for a hearing. She was made to wait from 11 am to 5.30 pm and was not allowed to go out for lunch. She was later granted bail.

An FIR was registered against her over the alleged violation of the model code of conduct as she had contested the Legislative Assembly election from Raichur on the BSR Congress ticket in 2013. The Judicial Magistrate First Class-2 (JMFC), Poornima Yadav, issued a non-bailable warrant against her in the first week of August after she failed to appear for five hearings.

The Raichur police visited Bengaluru to pick her up. Still, Gandhi didn’t arrive at the court on time, prompting an irked judge to keep her waiting in the courtroom. The judge granted her bail towards the end of the day on a Rs 50,000 bond and two sureties.

The judge asked her to attend all hearings without fail. The next hearing is on November 3, her lawyer Nagaraj Naik said. He added that his client had attended at least eight court hearings since the case was registered.

After receiving the bail, the actor gave a slip to journalists who had been waiting on the court premises for the whole day.

Selfie with actor

A senior lawyer told journalists without disclosing his name that clicking a selfie with the actor had landed a constable in trouble after he posted it on Facebook. The judge gave him an earful for lying in the court that the actor was “not available” in Bengaluru when he went to serve the summons on her.

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