East Bengaluru riots: Former mayor Sampath Raj seeks anticipatory bail

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The CCB, in its investigation, had concluded that the long-standing rivalry between Sampath Raj and Pulakeshi Nagar Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy was the cause for the riots that rocked the city in August.

Former Bengaluru mayor Sampath Raj, has been accused as prime conspirator and executor in east Bengaluru violence on August 11, has filed an anticipatory bail with a local court. The case has been adjourned to October 27.

Raj, who is J Halli corporator, was named as prime conspirator in the DJ Halli and KJ Halli violence case in the chargesheet filed by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on October 12. Raj has been evading police since then.

The CCB, in its investigation, had concluded that the long-standing rivalry between Sampath Raj and Pulakeshi Nagar Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy was the cause for the riots that rocked the city in August. The CCB has accused Sampath Raj of allegedly concocting and executing a plot to cause unrest.

CCB sources said that the investigators unearthed 11 screen recordings of alleged WhatsApp calls between Sampath Raj and the persons protesting outside the DJ Halli and KG Halli police stations on the night of August 11.

The sleuths had questioned Raj and his personal assistant Arun Kumar On August 17 and arrested the latter. Public prosecutor Prasanna Kumar said Raj has been avoiding police questioning for over a month on the pretext of Covid-19 treatment.

According to Times of India, Raj had tested positive in the first week of September and since then, he has been in hospital. CCB police had written to the health department, requesting it to form a doctors' panel, which should check Raj's condition and submit a report.

During the 2018 Assembly elections, Sampath Raj was an aspirant for the party ticket from Pulakeshi Nagar. However, Srinivas Murthy, who had defected from JD(S) to Congress, was given the ticket to contest.

The rivalry between the two leaders has been an open secret in political circles since then, CCB sources said. However, Congress leaders denied any rivalry between the two and claimed that the BJP-ruled government was indulging in politicking over the riots that had occurred (with inputs from agencies)

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