Mangaluru: A court in Mangaluru on Monday acquitted right-wing outfit Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik and several others in the 2009 Mangaluru pub attack case due to lack of evidence.
According to reports, over 30 people, all members of the right-wing organisation were acquitted in the 2009 pub attack case.
The order was passed by 3rd Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court in Mangaluru.
At least 27 people had testified as witnesses in the case, however, all accused were acquitted since the prosecution could not produce concrete evidence against them.
Reacting to the development, Muthalik said, ''it was a victory of truth.''
"We believe that this is a triumph of victory. Cases under some 10 sections were filed against us and we have emerged victorious today," Pramod Muthalik told reporters outside the JMFC court.
The attack on youngsters in a pub in Mangaluru allegedly by the members of Sri Rama Sene in 2009 had grabbed national headlines for moral policing and violence in Karnataka's coastal city.
The outfit's chief Muthalik too gained notoriety due to the incident and even forced the BJP to cancel his membership from the party within five hours after he joined in March 2014.