QBengaluru: Ananth Kumar Cremated; Reddy Bail Plea Reserved & More

1. Ananth Kumar Cremated With State Honors in Bengaluru

Silence shrouded the streets leading to the state BJP office in Malleshwaram in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning, broken only by chants of "Ananth Kumar Amar Rahe" by people who had gathered outside the office.

Those who had gathered were herded to the sides of the road by barricades set up by the police. Media personnel had set up their cameras pointing towards the office and heads were hanging out of balconies of nearby buildings to get a glimpse of the goings on.

Senior BJP leaders had gathered to pay their final tributes to Union Minister Ananth Kumar who passed away on Monday. His body, wrapped in the tricolour, was taken from his residence to the state BJP office to allow well-wishers to pay their last respects.

(Source: The News Minute)

Also Read: Ananth Kumar: A Leader Without Enemies & K’taka’s Voice in Delhi

2. Janardhana Reddy Bail Plea Order Reserved for Wednesday

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court reserved its order on G. Janardhana Reddy’s bail application for Wednesday. Reddy faces allegations of being paid Rs 20 crore by a Bengaluru-based investment firm Ambidant Marketing to bribe the Enforcement Directorate (ED). The court questioned the decision of the Central Crime Branch to make Reddy the sixth accused in the case based on the alleged confession of Ambidant’s owner Syed Fareed Ahmed.

"Are there any complaints against Janardhana Reddy? Were the charges against him filed merely on the statement of accused number one,” the court questioned the prosecution.

According to Syed, who was arrested for defrauding investors of over Rs 600 crore, a total of Rs 20 crore — Rs 18 crore in gold and Rs 2 crore in cash — had been delivered to Reddy’s aide Ali Khan.

(Source: The Hindu)

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3. Bail for Kodagu Journalist Held for Making Inflammatory Speech Against Tipu, Prophet

Santosh Thamanna.

Santosh Thammaiah, the editor of the right-leaning magazine Aseema, who was arrested by police officials in Kodagu for making an inflammatory speech against Prophet Mohammed and Tipu Sultan, was granted bail on Tuesday evening.

The Ponnampet Court in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu district granted conditional bail to Santosh Tammaiah. Justice Mohan Gowda, who was hearing Santosh's bail petition adjourned the proceeding twice and asked Santosh about his alleged statement. Later, however, Santosh was given bail under the condition that he cannot leave Kodagu.

Santosh was arrested at midnight on Tuesday for making a speech against Prophet Mohammed at an event organised by a Hindutva group Pragnya Kaveri titled 'Tipu Karaala Mukha Anaavarana' (Exposure of Tipu's dark side) on 5 November. The event was held in the run-up to Tipu Jayanti celebrations in the state.

(Source: The News Minute)

Also Read: Tipu Sultan: A Convenient Controversy at the Cost of History

4. Woman Complains of Molestation on Train

A 26-year-old civil engineer travelling on the Shatabdi Express was allegedly molested by a male passenger on Saturday evening. The woman is a resident of Bengaluru and works in Mysuru. She was returning home for the weekend, said the police.

In her complaint to the police, the victim said that she was sitting near the window in coach No 7 and had dozed off. A male passenger travelling in the same coach, who was sitting next to her, allegedly groped her while she was asleep. “She woke up and called him out on his behaviour. Other passengers, however, did not intervene, but simply watched,” said the police.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. #MeToo: Sruthi Hariharan Moves HC to get FIR Quashed

Actor Sruthi Hariharan.

Actor Sruthi Hariharan has moved the High Court of Karnataka, challenging the FIR registered against her by the cyber crime police with regard to the #MeToo controversy involving actor Arjun Sarja.

Sruthi has sought for quashing of the FIR, including the proceedings initiated before a city court based on the said FIR. She has also denied the allegations made in the complaint. On 25 October, Shiva Arjun, manager of Arjun Sarja, had filed a complaint with the cyber crime police, saying that Sarja’s social media accounts were hacked and misused by Sruthi and a few others. The actor had said he was receiving anonymous calls demanding money.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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