Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (MS)
Bengaluru, Sep 17: Pro-Hindutva activist and Go Rakshak Punit Kerehalli was imprisoned over Goonda Act. Now his cases have been withdrawn and has been released from prison.
Bengaluru City police commissioner had passed an order on August 11 to arrest Punit Kerehalli (32) under Goonda Act of 1985. The order was approved on August 17. However, advisory committee opined in its September 13 order that there were no sufficient reasons to keep Punit in prison.
Accordingly, Bengaluru city police commissioner withdrew the arrest warrant against Punit Kerehalli with immediate effect.
The High court of Karnataka had sent a notice on August 24 to State government, city police commissioner and CCB police on the arrest of leader of Rashtra Rakshana Pade Punit Kerehalli under the Goonda Act. This order was given by divisional bench led by justice P S Dinesh Kumar, which conducted an inquiry on the Habeas Corpus petition submitted by Punit Kerehalli alleging that he has been illegally arrested under Goonda Act.
During the inquiry of the petition, senior lawyer Arun Shyam, arguing for Punit said, “Applicant Punit is in social service. He is uniting like-minded people for the protection of this country by forming Rashtra Rakshana Pade organisation. However, with malicious interests some people have filed cases on him and he was illegally arrested by CCB police under the Goonda Act. City police commissioner, without using any procedure had sent out an arrest order under the Goonda Act. This was one-sided move and should be withdrawn.”