Court asks why stained clothes were preserved?

Hearing an appeal filed by Halappa, challenging the lower court order, Justice Kumaraswamy asked the prosecution to explain why the stained clothes were preserved until May 3, 2010, the day of complaint when the incident took place in November 26. “What is the reason for preserving cloth for long time ? How will you explain such an act ?” the court questioned.

The prosecution explained that blood grouping will be done on the stained clothes and the same will be compared with the accused blood and DNA.  Counsel for the accused, Ravi B Naik said that the episode is politically motivated  and many influential persons are behind this.

The Court also questioned the investigating agency that since it has already identified the accused, so what is the necessity of DNA test at this juncture and Justice Kumaraswamy began dictating judgment. However the matter was adjourned to Wednesday.

Halappa’s plea rejected

The third JMFC Court in Shimoga on Wednesday rejected the plea seeking a stay on the order to extract blood samples from former minister H Halappa for DNA test. Ashok Bhat, counsel for Halappa, had submitted an application seeking time to challenge the order at High Court.

Judge Srinivasa Gowda, however, rejected the application and permitted the prosecution to extract blood samples from the the former minister, who is accused of raping his friend’s wife.

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