Bengaluru: Former Mayor and sitting Congress corporator R Sampath Raj, an accused in the case related to the recent mob violence in D J Halli  is ‘absconding’ after being discharged from a hospital where he underwent treatment for COVID-19, police said on Friday.

According to  Assistant Commissioner of Policel Venugopal had issued a notice to the hospital authorities on October 7 asking them to inform police before discharging Sampath Raj. However, the hospital had discharged him without informing police, following which another notice had been issued to hospital.
Days before the charge sheet was filed, Sampath Raj had failed to respond to two summons to present himself for interrogation, prompting the CCB to call him an “absconding accused”.

Over 3,000 people went on a rampage on August 11 torching the residences of Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthy, his sister and the D J Halli and KG Halli police stations.police had accused Raj of instigating the mob against the MLA to finish him politically.