The incident happened on Saturday night when Nalapad, with his friends, walked into a pub in UB City around 10 pm. Now his father, NA Haris has come out in defence of his son and has said that leniency should be shown to his son on grounds of his immaturity.
Meanwhile, BJP workers protested outside Cubbon Park Police Station in Bengaluru, demanding that Nalapad be booked for attempt to murder.
Police had earlier booked Nalapad under the IPC Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation), 143 and 144 (unlawful assembly), 146 and 147 (rioting), 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by risky weapons) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), he said.
Mohammed Haris Nalapad, General secretary, Youth Congress wing of Bengaluru had assaulted a man and threatened him later at a hospital. "When Vidvat told Nalapad to mind his business, the latter, who was at the adjacent table, became angry and beat him up with his friends", Circe Inspector Vijaya Hadagalli told IANS. Police had registered an FIR regarding the attack on media persons, he said. News agency ANI quoted him as saying, "I don't know where he (Nalapad) iscurrently". I have always advised my son to never do anything wrong. "The victim will be served justice", KPCC chief G Parameshwara tweeted on Sunday.
Congress MLA NA Harris has been expelled from the party after he assaulted a man in Bengaluru pub.
"I am appalled at and strongly condemn the ghastly attack by MLA N A Haris son on innocent Vidwath". He said nobody, including the members of the Assembly, was above law and wrongdoers must be punished, but appealed to all to stay away from political mud-slinging in the light of the upcoming Assembly elections.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah, too, said the guilty would be brought to book. "Police say he has been named as accused on the basis of CCTV footage frm pub, seen in CCTV footage is son of a BJP MP also but he has not been named as an accused".