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Karnataka HC seeks state’s response to actor Darshan’s plea to provide him home comfort in jail

Karnataka HC seeks state’s response to actor Darshan’s plea to provide him home comfort in jail

Police arrest actor Darshan (middle) for his alleged involvement in the murder of S. Renukaswamy (inset) (Photo | Express)

BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court on Wednesday asked the state government to file objections, if any, to a petition filed by actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, accused in the Renukaswamy murder case, seeking directions from the jail authorities to provide him with food, a bed, books and newspapers at his home.

Justice SR Krishna Kumar adjourned the matter till July 18, while asking the counsel for the petitioner and the special public prosecutor to see whether the prison rules permit such a plea, to pass orders in favour of the petitioner’s plea and to see whether the accused can directly approach the high court with such a plea instead of approaching the sessions court.

Earlier, the special public prosecutor had argued that accused involved in heinous crimes like murder are not entitled to clothes and bedding from home. In case of home food, they have to first make a representation to the Inspector General of Police (Prisons) and if that is not taken into consideration, they have to approach the Sessions Court, he argued.

Darshan said he had lost weight and was suffering from food poisoning and diarrhoea as he was unable to digest the food served at the Central Jail in Parappana Agrahara.