Shimoga: A local court on Friday permitted CID
to conduct DNA and voice tests on former minister H Halappa
facing charges of rape and criminal intimidation.
Judicial Magistrate Ravikanth, after hearing arguments,
observed that the DNA and voice tests were necessary for the
investigation and allowed the CID police, probing the case, to
draw blood samples from Halappa to conduct the tests.
Earlier, Halappa had refused to accept drawing of blood
However, Halappa`s counsel Ravi Naik opposed the court`s
view and prayed for permission to appeal against the order in
High Court. The Court has reserved judgement.
Halappa`s bail application in the High Court is coming up
on May 24.
Halappa, under judicial custody till Monday, is facing
charges of rape by his friend Venkatesh Murthy`s wife
Chandravathi. He was arrested on May 9.