Halappa`s judicial custody extended till May 24

Ex-Karnataka minister H Halappa has been accused of raping his friend Venkatesh Murthy`s wife.

Shimoga: A court on Monday extended till May
24 the judicial custody of former Karnataka Minister H
Halappa, arrested on charge of rape.

Passing orders on a petition by CID police, Judicial
Magistrate Ravikant extended by 14 days the remand of Halappa,
who was, however, not produced before the court as he remained
in hospital a day after his arrest.

Halappa was remanded in a day`s judicial custody
yesterday after his arrest by CID, which is probing the case,
but later hospitalised when he complained of chest pain.

Jail sources said the former food and civil supplies
minister could not be produced in the court as he was "not in
a fit condition".

Halappa would file a bail application tomorrow in the
high court, his counsel Ashok Bhat said.

His arrest came on a complaint by Chandravathi, wife
of financier and his friend Venkatesh Murthy, alleging that he
had raped her.

Halappa, who resigned last week as minister after a
Kannada daily published a report claiming he had raped the
woman last November, has denied the charge, terming it as a
"political conspiracy" by his adversaries.

Halappa, hailing from Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa`s
home district Shimoga, is also facing charges of criminal
intimidation, wrongful confinement and restraint.