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Darshan’s bail plea hearing today

BANGALORE: The first additional chief metropolitan magistrate on Monday adjourned the hearing of actor Darshan’s bail application to Tuesday. He was booked for allegedly assaulting and threatening to kill his wife Vijayalakshmi on Friday.
During the hearing, when asked about her health condition, Vijayalakshmi told the court that she was better. She reiterated the statement she had given earlier at the magistrate’s house that she had slipped and fallen in the bathroom and injured herself and that she had sought compromise.
The magistrate took Vijayalakshmi to task for changing her statement from what she had given to the investigating officer earlier. The court also took serious note of police not producing the firearm for which they have booked a case against the accused.
Darshan’s lawyers argued that she slipped in the bathroom and sustained injuries and she was never assaulted. The charges of attempt to murder and case under Arms act do not arise at all, they told the court.
But the senior assistant public prosecutor, supported by the police records, submitted that medical records for both Vijayalakshmi and her son stated that Vijayalakshmi sustained severe attack injuries. Citing the medical report, he told the court that Vijayalakshmi had burn marks. He contended that there was evidence that while assaulting, the accused had used shoes to hit her, and it was not possible to treat it as a case of a fall.
Darshan’s lawyer Krishne Gowda contended that though police records claimed that it was a case under section 307 IPC (attempt to murder), actually it was a case under section 324 of IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt).
However, police officials clarified that no such memo had been sent to the court and the public prosecutor confirmed that charges of attempt to murder still stand.
Police confirmed that they have seized the US-made .32 mm pistol from Darshan’s house, which was used to allegedly threaten Vijayalakshmi, and that it had been included in the witness list. Thus the charges under Arms act stand, they said.
During the proceedings, two men were found at the entrance to the court room. They were found questioning all the visitors of their identity, even stopping some of them from entering the hall. When enquired about their credentials, they claimed they were security officials. However, police present in the court said that they were unaware of any such security.
The public prosecutor has confirmed the charges against Darshan. They are:
SECTION 321 of IPC: Voluntarily causing hurt
SECTIONS 324, 326 of IPC: Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means
SECTION 354 of IPC: Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty
SECTION 355 of IPC: Assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person, otherwise than on grave provocation
SECTION 506 of IPC: Criminal intimidation
SECTION 307: Attempt to murder
SECTION 498(a): Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty
SECTION 27 of Arms act: Use of arms and ammunition


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