Local court acquits Ram Sene’s Muthalik and 30 others in Mangalore pub attack case

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A local court in Karnataka’s Mangalore has acquitted right-wing group Ram Sene President Pramod Muthalik and 30 others in the pub attack case here in January 2009 for want of evidence.

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“Citing lack of evidence from the prosecution, the magistrate acquitted me and 30 others of our organisation who were charged by then BJP government in the state,” Muthalik was quoted by IANS.

The video of dozens of Ram Sene members mercilessly thrashing women at Amnesia pub in the port city in protest against western culture and western dress had gone viral across the world.

“Cases were filed against us under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) without evidence and witnesses. The court has proved us as honest and acquitted all of us,” Muthalik said on Monday.

A report by PTI said that the counsel for the accused, Vinod, had earlier submitted before the magistrate that his clients were not present when the attack took place at the pub.

The BJP, in 2014, months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, had inducted Muthalik, but within hours disowned him after the party’s central leadership expressed surprise at the decision.

Women right activists and journalists have slammed the court’s verdict with some concluding that the justice was indeed blind-folded in India.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has reportedly decided to appeal the lower court’s order in the High Court.

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