By M.B. Maramkal
MYSORE: Chief Judicial Magistrate of Nanjangud law court Devendra Pandit on Thursday rejected the bail petition of CID Deputy SP T K Dharmesh who is in jail for allegedly killing a spotted deer inside the Bandipur Tiger Sanctuary last week.
Dharmesh along with five of his friends were arrested by officials of the Bandipur Tiger Sanctuary on Friday last when they were caught red handed while they shot dead spotted deer with a .303 service rifle given to Dharmesh by the department. Bullet from this service rifle which pierced the stomach of deer making an entry hole of 4 inches emerged from the other side of the deer's body leaving gaping hole of 19 inches.
Forest officials team led by ACF Ravishanker arrested the officer and produced him before the court which remanded all the six accused judicial custody till February 15. Later Dharmesh who complained of chest pain got himself admitted to Jayadev hospital unit here .
Court which heard the arguments on February 3 postponed the ruling on it till today. Arguing for a bail , police officer's lawyer C M Jagadish contended that officer had gone to forest to collect intelligence information on naxal. Earlier letters to the forest department on the presence of naxal gangs in the area and forest department's failure to take necessary measures had left irked them making them to implicate in this false case. However APP Shakeela Abubaker taking strong objection to the defense lawyer's argument had stated that letting free the police official will spoil the case's investigation and presented several apex court rulings where the accused in such killings had been denied bail.
Meanwhile the CID DGP Bipin Gopal Krishna disclosed to TOI that the police officer is deemed suspended if he remains in jail for more than 48 hours." Whether we suspend him or not, Dharmesh automatically remains suspended with the rule saying that any police officer if he or she remains in jail will remain suspended from his duties" he claimed, adding that however department will come out with suspension orders and process is on.
On the other hand, a counsel for Dharmesh Venkatesh said now accused will approach the high court.