Mohammed Haris's father and Congress MLA, NA Harris on Sunday admitted that what his son had done was wrong and maintained that the guilty would be punished. The victim, Vidwath was having dinner in the same pub with his friend.
According to a complaint filed by Praveen Venkatachalaiah with the Cubbon Park police, Haris met his friend Vidwat, who had fractured his leg four weeks ago, and took him for dinner to Fergy Cafe in UB City on Sunday night.
The Congress later suspended Mohammed for six years, informed G Parameshwara, president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.
"We are looking for Nalapad and five other associates, who had gone to the café to beat up Vidvat". They even demanded "immediate dismissal" of Harris from Congress.
Vidwath, who had an injured leg told the MLA's son that it was not possible for him to sit properly since he had plaster on one of his legs and that's how the argument was instigated between them. Also, Youth Congress general secretary will be sacked from the Congress party for his involvement in this ugly act of crime. They also later tailed Vidvat N and his friends to the private hospital in an alleged attempt to dissuade him from filing a formal complaint with the cops.
The police teams picked all the five from the city itself and are on the lookout for other absconding accused persons including Nalapad Haris. News agency ANI quoted him as saying, "I don't know where he (Nalapad) iscurrently".
Dinesh Gundurao, working President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee said, "Strict action to be taken against people responsible".
Accused Congress leader is the son of Shantinagar MLA NA Haris.
Meanwhile, chief minister tweeted, "Offenders should be punished to the full extent of law regardless of who they are". I have always advised my son to never do anything wrong. "I will see that my son does not do anything like this again", said N A Haris.
This latest controversy involving Congress in Karnataka ahead of the state Assembly elections, which are scheduled for April-May 2018, and is likely to create tension for the ruling party in Karnataka.