Gauri Lankesh murder case: SIT gets 5-day custody of Naveen Kumar

Hannah Rogers
March 11, 2018

SIT produced him before the court today where he was remanded to five days police custody till 13th this month. However, the sleuths had recovered a book written by the founder of Sanathan Sanstha at Naveen Kumar's residence in Mandya.

A report said that the assistant public prosecutor Nirmala Rani told the court that additional custody is required o unravel the murder conspiracy and another accused, has also been identified.

Lankesh was shot dead by unknown by assailants outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5 a year ago.

"He (Naveen Kumar) has been arrested". The court has reserved it orders until 15 March on whether to allow a narco-analysis test. Despite denials by Sanatan Sanstha about its links to Naveen Kumar, a senior advocate linked to the Sanstha appeared in court on Friday on behalf of Kumar and assisted advocate Vedamurthy, who had earlier appeared for the accused.

Gauri, 55, was the outspoken editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, which was known for its frank editorials.

He also alleged that Naveen Kumar's arrest was "all politics" in the run-up to Karnataka Assembly polls.

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On Saturday, the SIT officials met in Criminal Investigations Department (CID) office to discuss the future course of the probe.

"Lankesh in the city past year".

Kumar's lawyer Vedamurthy argued that he had been in custody for 20 days, and there was no need to extend it. After his marriage six years ago, Kumar moved to Birur in Chikmagalur district, where he helped organise several events for Hindutva groups. The investigations in the Upparpet case has shown that Kumar, during conversations about guns and ammunition with some of his friends from Maddur, alluded to his links to the murder of Lankesh. "We are not even sure whether Praveen is his real name or not, but we have some definite clues, and efforts are on to track him down", a senior police officer said.

Bhagawan is based in Mysuru.

Subsequently after interrogation, the SIT probing Lankesh's murder took Naveen into their custody + on March 2 to question him.

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