The lower court of Karnataka has acquitted 30 people, including Shri Rama Sena chief Pramod Muthalik, in the absence of evidence in the 2009 Mangalore Pub Attack case. Expressing relief at the court's verdict, he said, "Both BJP and Congress governments booked me in 106 cases. Now only 21 cases remain. I have been acquitted in all of the rest." He said that he was thankful to the court for doing justice. While talking to reporters, he also condemned the arrest of KT Naveen in Gauri Lankesh murder case. "The Congress government has arrested Naveen to gain political mileage. I condemn the arrest," he said.