BENGALURU: Placing reliance on the recent Supreme Court directive in the Arnab Goswami case, the high court has granted anticipatory bail to Rakesh Shetty, managing director and editor of a Kannada TV news channel.
“It’s the duty of the court to exercise its jurisdiction in a proper way to protect the personal liberty of a citizen. If courts do not interfere, we are travelling the path on destruction. This proposition of law has been laid down by the apex court in its judgment dated November 11,” Justice BA Patil noted in his order, referring to the SC verdict in the Arnab case.
Shetty had sought anticipatory bail in a complaint regarding extortion and other offences registered by KP Agrahara police. Ramalingam, MD of Ramalingam Construction Company Pvt. Ltd, is the complainant.
Allowing Shetty’s petition, the judge directed him to surrender before the jurisdictional police within 20 days and execute a personal bond for Rs 2 lakh with two sureties for a like sum to the satisfaction of the investigating officer. He has been told to mark his attendance before police once in 15 days till filing of the chargesheet.