Bengaluru Riots Case: Former Mayor Sampath Raj Named In Chargesheet
The Crime Branch, which is probing the Bengaluru riots case, has named former Bengaluru mayor and Congress leader Sampath Raj in the charge sheet.
The Crime Branch has named Congress leader and former city major Sampath Raj and sitting corporator Zakir Hussain in its preliminary charge sheet on the riots that broke out in Bengaluru on August 11. The riots that left three persons dead were sparkled by a derogatory Facebook post on Prophet Muhammad allegedly put up by P Naveen Kumar, nephew of Pulakeshingar MLA Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy of the Congress. Murthy’s house was attacked too. In the 850-page charge sheet filed in a local court on Monday (October 12), the police have named Raj and Hussain as accused number 51 and 52.
Another Congress leader Kaleem Pasha has already been arrested in the case. Sources in the police said they found several phone calls and messages linking Raj to some of those who were part of the riots. They added that Raj and Hussain were called for questioning on September 18 but did not turn up. A leading news channel attempted to contact the two Congress leaders through texts, WhatsApp messages and calls but receive no response. Joint Commissioner (Crime) Sandeep Patil confirmed to media that the preliminary charge sheet has been submitted based on the FIR filed by Congress MLA Akhand Srinivas Murthy.
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