Karnataka: PU paper leak kingpin gets bail 2nd time | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Ten days after framing charges against 18 persons in connection with the second PU question paper leak case registered in 2016, the sessions court granted bail to Shivakumaraiah alias Guruji, one of the main accused, on January 15.
Guruji, 66, of Nandini Layout was arrested by police second time in the case. He was nabbed when the racket came to light in April, 2016. The high court granted him conditional bail on October 17, 2017. Guruji was supposed to attend court hearings regularly as per one of the conditions imposed for the bail.
The Principal City Civil and Session Court had posted the case for November 17, 2020 for framing of charges. However, Guruji was the only accused who could not appear before the court on that day and it led to the postponement of framing of charges. The court cancelled his bail and issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him. Police arrested Guruji on December 2, 2020 and the court remanded him in judicial custody.
The prosecution opposed the bail petition and contended that he was involved in similar offences when he was released earlier. The sessions court did not consider this contention as it was already submitted before the HC when the state had sought cancellation of his bail petition. The HC had dismissed the state’s plea.
“The accused by this time must have understood the consequences of non-appearance before the court. Now that the charges have also been framed, further detention of the accused in custody is totally unwarranted,” judge Anil B Katti stated.
He has been asked to attend the court on all hearing dates, unless exempted for genuine reasons. He shall not threaten the prosecution witnesses, not indulge in any illegal activities and not leave the jurisdiction of the court without prior permission.

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