Friday, 22 June, 2018

Gauri Lankesh Murder: Accused Sent to SIT Custody For Five Days

After the murder Naveen Kumar had disappeared After the murder Naveen Kumar had disappeared
Gerardo Duncan | 11 March, 2018, 01:57

A police officer who attended the meeting said they had missed the accused thrice due to leak of operational information.On behalf of Naveen, advocate Virendra Ichalkaranjikar assisted advocate Vedamurthy, who had earlier appeared for the accused. "In the court, the assistant public prosecutor Nirmala Rani had argued the same to take Naveen into additional custody".

"Yes, Praveen is a suspect in the case but we have not included his name in the FIR yet".

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up to probe the 5 September 2017 murder of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, on Friday listed K.T.Naveen Kumar as an accused in the case.

The Editor of Lankesh Patrike Kannada magazine, Gauri Lankesh, was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5th past year.

Bengaluru Magistrate Court on Friday sent KT Naveen Kumar to 5 days of SIT custody. He is reportedly linked to the Sanatan Sanstha outfit and its affiliate the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti. "That number is given at the time of chargesheet", a senior SIT official said, requesting not to be named. She edited the Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike. Police sources said it had not yet been decided whether the conspiracy to kill Bhagawan, which was discovered in the course of the Gauri Lankesh investigations, would become a part of the Arms Act case where Kumar was first arrested, or whether a new case will be filed in Mysuru, where Kumar had conducted preparations, including alleged recces of the writer's home to carry out a killing.

It is suspected that Naveen provided logistics to the killer by conducting a recce around Lankesh's house on September 3 and 5 past year. The brazen attack on Lankesh was likened to the assassinations of rationalist thinkers-activists Narendra Dabholkar on 20 August 2013 in Pune, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Govind Pansare on 16 February 2015 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and M.M. Kalburgi on 30 August 2015 in Dharwad, Karnataka.

Sources in the SIT said that concrete evidence has not been gathered to link Naveen Kumar to Sanathan Sanstha. The court, however, granted him bail in the arms case.

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