As per the arguments made by special public prosecutor P Prasanna Kumar, former mayor R Sampath Raj's relative Arun Manoraj is said to be the chief conspirator in the arson and vandalism on the night of August 11 at MLA Akhanda Srinivas Murthy's ancestral home in Kaval Byrasandra. 

As per reports, Arun Manoraj R had nurtured ill-will against the Congress MLA and was waiting for an opportunity to strike at him.

It was based on this argument that the City Civil Court had rejected bail on September 15.

The accused in Bengaluru riot case, Arun Manoraj is a resident of KSFC Layout in Lingarajapuram and also is a class one civil contractor. 

It was due to Manoraj's instigation, allegedly, the armed mob attacked the house and took away 500gm of gold ornaments, cash and property documents. They also set the house and several vehicles ablaze and caused losses to the tune of Rs 3 crore. 

The mob vandalised DJ Halli police station and burnt 586 vehicles, Kumar pointed out. 

Manoraj had deleted the call log and WhatsApp messages from his mobile phone, complicating the process of investigation. He had made an effort to destroy evidence, the prosecution argued. 

“Manoraj is one of the chief conspirators who took advantage of a derogative Facebook post by the MLA’s nephew Naveen to achieve his ulterior motive. He conspired and motivated the other accused to commit the offences, and gave it a colour of mob violence,” special public prosecutor P Prasanna Kumar was quoted as saying.

Police also stated that Manoraj had deleted electronic evidence like the call log and WhatsApp messages from his mobile phone.