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Muthappa Rai set free from jail

April 17, 2004 17:57 IST
Last Updated: April 17, 2004 18:06 IST

Muthappa Rai, an alleged underworld don, was Saturday set free from a Bangalore jail, two

years after he was deported from Dubai following his acquittal by a court in the last of the nine cases against him.

Rai stepped out a free man from the central jail at Parapanagrahara on city outskirts after the prison authorities received a clarification regarding an extortion case on which a Mangalore court had issued a warrant on him.

The Mangalore case was however subsequently shifted to the special court here which acquitted him of the charge.

"We got the matter clarified and released him after fulfiling all formalities", DIG (Prisons) B S Abbai told PTI.

The Special Sessions Court Judge A P Murari acquitted Rai and five others here on April 13 in a case relating to the murder of a real estate agent in Bangalore three years ago.

The court had held that the prosecution had failed to prove the conspiracy theory.

Rai, who was deported to India in May 2002 from Dubai in a passport related case, was earlier aquitted in eight other cases.

After he was set free, Rai who had sought security from police fearing threat to his life, left for an undisclosed destination.

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