Arrest of cow vigilante Puneeth Kerehalli: Karnataka HC issues notice to state government, Bengaluru top cop

Bengaluru: Karnataka High Court has issued a notice to the state government with regard to the arrest of cow vigilante Puneeth Kerehalli by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police officers under the Goonda Act.

The division bench of the High Court, which heard the habeas corpus petition filed by Puneeth, asked for the orders issued by the Bengaluru City Police Commissioner to take him into custody as well as the orders issued by the government under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act, 2000 (KCOCA) on August 17 to be quashed, issued the notice to all the respondents, including the government and the City Police Commissioner. The bench also instructed them to file objections, before adjourning the hearing.

A case has been registered against Puneeth under the Goonda Act, based on allegations against him of indulging in anti-social and criminal activities, disturbing harmony in society. He allegedly formed an unofficial organization named ‘Rashtra Raksha Pade’ and is accused of the murder of cattle transporter Idrees Pasha.

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