Jail not a threat to HDK for now

Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and wife Anitha, who were defying court summons, will walk to the court today without a fear of arrest as the High Court granted them anticipatory bail yesterday.

What was surprising is that Justice L Narayanaswamy granted them advance bail as the court found no basis to reject their petitions. However, the court ordered the couple to appear before the trial court on all dates of hearing.

The HC also directed that in the event of their arrest, the couple should be released on bail on execution of personal bond for Rs 50,000 each, along with surety of similar sums.Kumaraswamy, who was in no mood to attend the court even after the HC judgment, is understood to have agreed to appear after being convinced by his lawyers.

"We explained the legalities of the HC order to him and he will appear before the court today," said A P Ranganath, one of his lawyers.Kumaraswamy is accused of pressurizing government officials for illegally renewing mining license of a mining company, when he was the Chief Minister.

Anitha on the other hand is accused of a land scam and both were booked under Prevention of Corruption Act, based on private complaint lodged by city-based lawyer Vinod Kumar. Vinod said that he was surprised at the HC's judgment in granting anticipatory bail citing the SC's observation that said bail should not be granted to the accused under Prevention of Corruption Act. "In Kanimoli's case the apex court has clearly said that no bail shall be granted in graft cases. We are planning to approach the Supreme Court questioning the same," the city-based lawyer said.

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