Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Accused sent to SIT custody for five days

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Accused sent to SIT custody for five days

The Magistrate court in Bengaluru sent the accused to five-day Special Investigation Team (SIT) custody on Friday in connection with journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case. After hearing defence and prosecution arguments, the court chose to extend Naveen Kumar's custody for five more days.

The Karnataka government had set up the SIT to probe the journalist-activist's killing.

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The arrested K T Naveen Kumar belonging to Maddur in Mandya district had been arrested by the police last month for possessing live cartridges used in the country made pistol similar to that was used to kill Ms Lankesh by an unidentified assailant. But the defense counsel objected that the SIT was seeking for extension of custody without any new leads in the case. The SIT submitted a sealed file to the judge containing crucial information obtained during the course of the investigation. She edited the Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike.

Who is KT Naveen Kumar? However, the accused refused consent for the tests in the court. Gauri Lankesh, 55, a critic of right-wing ideology and a fierce advocate of secularism, was shot dead at close range by unidentified men outside her home in Bengaluru on the night of September 5 previous year. He is accused of taking the killer on his motorcycle to Gauri Lankesh's house on 5 September, the day of the assassination. The SIT also suspected that he may have been involved in the killing of noted rationalist and writer MM Kalburgi.

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On February 24, officers of the Organised Crime Wing of the Central Crime Branch (CCB), Bengaluru police had first arrested KT Naveen Kumar and he was booked under the Arms Act.

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