Gauri Lankesh Murder Case: Sister appeals to SC to Restore Charges against key Accused

Karnataka High Court dropped Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) that entails life inprisonment or death penalty against one of the accused.

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Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by three unidentified people outside her house in Bangalore in September 2017.

Kavitha Lankesh, filmmaker and sister of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh has appealed to Supreme Court after Karnataka High Court dropped Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) against one of the accused in the assassination case of her sister and journalist, Gauri Lankesh.

Mohan Nayak, the 53-year-old accused, was originally booked by Bangalore police under sections of the Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA) that entail punishments of either life imprisonment or the death penalty. The charges under the KCOCA were quashed by the Karnataka High court in April this year.

Nayak has applied for bail after KCOCA charges were dropped against him. The bail hearing is still pending in Karnataka High Court.

A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Aniruddha Bose issued notice in the matter to Karnataka government and posted the case for further hearing on July 15.

The Bench while issuing notice in the matter observed that the accused cannot be granted bail till the plea is heard and disposed of by the Supreme Court.

Kavitha Lankesh was represented by senior counsel Huzefa Ahmadi.

The appeal before the Supreme Court alleged that Nayak was actively involved in providing shelter to the killers prior to and after committing the offence.

“Probe proved that Nayak has been actively involved in providing shelter to the killers prior to and after committing the offence and has participated in a series of conspiracies, abetting, planning, providing logistics. Therefore, he is involved in “continuous unlawful activity.

With regard to Nayak’s involvement in the murder of Gauri Lankesh, the investigating agency has collected sufficient material to connect him with the case and establish his intimate nexus with the master mind behind the entire event.

The plea further alleged that investigation undertaken by SIT revealed that Nayak is part of the syndicate led by Amol Kale which had committed multiple organized crimes apart from the murder of Gauri Lankesh including:

a. Murder of Dr. Narendra Dabolkar was in Pune, Maharashtra in2013.

b. Murder of Govinda Pansare at Kolhapur, Maharashtra in 2015.

c. Murder of Dr. M.M. Kalburgi by shooting him dead on 30.08.2015.

d. Conspiracy to murder Prof. Bhagavan of Mysore in 2018

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in Bangalore on September 5, 2017. She used to run the Kannada weekly Gauri Lankesh Patrike in Bangalore.

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