Puttur court suspends conviction of farmer who threatened DK Shivakumar

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A District and Sessions Court in Puttur suspended the conviction of farmer Sai Giridhar Rai in the case relating to the abuse and death threat of then-Energy Minister DK Shivakumar and other MESCOM officials in 2016.

On April 22, Fifth District and Additional Session Judge Puttur suspended the sentence handed down by the Senior Civil Judge and JMFC, Sullia Court, in the case filed against Mr. Rai. The court said that the suspension order will only come into effect after Mr. Rai deposits the full amount of the fine of ₹5,000 and also executes a personal surety for the sum of ₹50,000.

Mr. Rai’s lawyer, B. Narasimha Prasad, said his client had deposited the amount of the fine and had also executed the personal bond.

Mr. Rai was accused of calling Mr. Shivakumar on the night of February 28, 2016 and abusing him and also threatening the minister with death for not solving the erratic power supply that had affected students and teachers. farmers of Sullia taluk. He was also accused of abusing MESCOM official Harish K. Naika and also threatening his life.

Following a complaint by Mr. Naika on the instructions of Mr. Shivakumar and the then General Manager of MESCOM, Chikkananjappa, Sullia police arrested Mr. Rai late on the night of February 28 while entering his house through the roof at Pennaguttu de Bellare.

The prosecution interviewed 12 witnesses, including Mr Shivakumar, who appeared before the Senior Civil Judge and the JMFC Court after the issuance of a non-releasable warrant.

In the April 18 judgment, the senior civil judge and JMFC, A. Somashekara, said the prosecution had produced documents about Mr. Rai calling Mr. Shivakumar three times between February 27 and 28, 2016. .

The magistrate said that the minister is a public servant and anyone who abuses and threatens him is liable to prosecution under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Instead of legally tackling the problem of the erratic power supply, Mr. Rai abused and threatened the minister and a few other MESCOM officials, the magistrate noted.

The Magistrate sentenced Mr. Rai to two years imprisonment and a fine of ₹5,000 for the offense punishable under Section 353 of the ICC. He was also sentenced to two years each for offenses punishable under Articles 504, 506 and 507 of the ICC. All sentences will be carried out simultaneously, the magistrate noted.

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