Haris's son, six others in 14-day judicial custody

Haris's son, six others in 14-day judicial custody

Haris's son, six others in 14-day judicial custody

Congress MLA N A Haris's son Mohammed Haris Nalapad and six of his associates were remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

Mohammed is the prime accused in a pub attack case. The MLA's son and his friends brutally thrashed a youth, Vidwath L, on February 17 in Bengaluru.

The Cubbon Park police produced the seven accused before the 8th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court on Wednesday.

After hearing the submission by both the parties, ACMM Mahesh Babu remanded all accused to judicial custody till March 7.

During the hearing, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) M S Shyamsundar submitted that the victim is in a very serious condition and is unable to speak.

Vidwath's father filed an affidavit due to the serious nature of injuries inflicted by the accused on his son, the SPP said.

There are various judgements by the Supreme court and various other courts stating that during the bail plea hearing, the victim has to be present before the court.

But Vidwath has been hospitalised and is not in a condition to give any statement.  

Shyamsundar submitted: "In this circumstance, the prosecution is yet to take a statement from the victim. There is a need for complete facts to be gathered. The prosecution is incompetent in such cases where there is a threat to society, serious unprovoked attacks and open exhibition of hooliganism...these are simple reasons that the victim has to be heard while granting bail to the accused."

"The victim was beaten twice in Farzi Cafe...the accused tried to attack the victim in the emergency ward in the hospital. This is nothing but an attempt to murder... The police have recovered CCTV footage and documented evidence. But the statement of the victim is paramount. If the accused are released on bail, there are chances that the accused may put pressure on the victim... Then the truth will never come out," Shyamsundar added.

In Nirbhaya case, where the victim could not give her statement, bail was not granted to the accused.  

The advocate appearing for Mohammed submitted that the case was made to look serious by the Opposition parties for their political gains.

The advocate added that there is a bail application has also been filed before the sessions court and at this stage, there is no merit in the submission that the victim has to be to heard while granting bail.

Shyamsundar pleaded before the court that it has to give some concession to the victim.

While hearing Mohammed's bail plea in the city civil and sessions court, judge Parameshwar Prasanna issued a notice to the Cubbon Park police to file objections and adjourned the hearing to Friday.

During the hearing, the judge noticed that IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder) was not mentioned in the bail petition.

He directed the advocate representing Mohammed to mention the section and file a memo.

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