Daijiworld Media Network - Sullia (SP)
Sullia, Sep 14: Taking serious note of the repeated absence of D K Shivakumar even after the issuance of the summons on various occasions, the Sullia court has issued a warrant against him. Shivakumar was to adduce evidence in a case relating to telephonic conversation Sai Giridhar Rai from Bellare had with the then energy minister, D K Shivakumar, about the electricity supply problems.
Judge of the court took serious exception to the KPCC president remaining away from successive hearings even though summons were issued to him. It is learnt that he has issued notice to the inspector general and director general of police to produce Shivakumar in the court. The next date of hearing is September 29.
Sai Giridhar Rai, former president of Bellare Merchants Association, had called the then energy minister, D K Shivakumar, on the night of February 28, 2016, about the power supply problem which was plaguing the region. He had explained about the problems of power supply. During the conversation, heated words were exchanged and abusive words were used between the two, it is said. The minister, who was enraged, had got a police complaint filed through the Mescom assistant executive engineer through the then Mescom managing director in the police station against Sai Giridhar. The police who registered the complaint, on the same night, had arrested Giridhar Rai. When the police reached Rai's residence at midnight on Sunday, Rai was with his mother, wife and daughter. He had refused to open the door and objected to the police action from outside. The police had scaled the roof, removed some tiles, and entered Rai[s house and arrested Rai. This had become big news then.
Shivakumar was listed as witness for the case, but he never appeared before the Sullia court to record his evidence. Summons were served on him thrice and a warrant had also been issued. But Shivakumar has remained absent from successive hearings. The newly posted judge of the court has issued a warrant again for the presence of Shivakumar in this case.