Rape case accused absconding; judgment deferred

Dec 7, 2017

 

Mysuru: A special court in Mysuru conducting a trial in connection with the rape of a minor had to postpone the judgment for the fourth time in less than two weeks as the accused J Mahesh Gowda is absconding as he fears retribution.

It’s the first time a court is encountering such a situation wherein an accused and surety-giver are absconding. The court has now issued a warrant against him and order to forfeit the bail bond.

Special public prosecutor BC Shivarudra Swamy admitted that the accused had absconded. He told TOI that Mahesh Gowda has been accused of impregnating a minor girl in 2014. He faces charges under provisions of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. Vidyaranyapuram cops had filed a chargesheet against him.

The case is in its final stage. The judgment was first reserved on November 23 but his counsel petitioned the court that his client couldn’t attend the hearing because he was hospitalized in Bengaluru. The court adjourned the hearing to November 29 but Mahesh Gowda and counsel didn’t turn up.

Subsequently, a warrant was issued after posting the hearing to December 4. Police were asked to produce him before the court. However, he’s absconding. The judgment was postponed to December 6 after directing cops to produce him but police failed as his whereabouts are not known. The court had to adjourn the judgment to December 11, the SPP said.

Shivarudra Swamy claimed the forensic science report is pointing fingers at Mahesh as being the father of the baby girl following a DNA test and he may have absconded fearing he would be proven guilty.

Sources claimed the court will convict him in his absence and then declare him a proclaimed offender if he fails to appear on December 11. Mahesh will lose all his civil rights once he is declared a proclaimed offender.

Mahesh Gowda had projected himself as an influential person by posting photos with senior police officers on his Facebook page.

Life sentence

Virajpet (Kodagu): The II additional district and session court in Virajpet awarded civic worker Girish a life sentence for stabbing a person to death in January 2017.

Public Prosecutor Mahanthappa told TOI that Girish, a civic worker, was accused of killing Mohana, a mason, by stabbing him with a knife at the Ambedkar community hall in Gonikoppa on January 28, 2017. The court found him guilty of murder over financial matters and pronounced the judgment on Tuesday. Police inspector Diwakar had filed the chargesheet.

Judge Mohan Prabhu awarded him a life sentence and fined him Rs 5000, the public prosecutor said.