Six months after the murder of journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh, accused KT Naveen Kumar was arrested by the Karnataka Police on Friday.
Bengaluru Magistrate Court has sent Naveen Kumar, described as person with links to right-wing groups, to 5-day SIT custody.
Bengaluru, Mar 9 (UNI) The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has formally arrested a gunrunner arrested by the Karnataka police earlier for his alleged involvement of killing Journalist-Activist Gauri Lankesh in the city a year ago. "He has been booked under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code", an investigating officer told TNM. The SIT submitted a sealed file to the judge containing crucial information obtained during the course of the investigation. After hearing defence and prosecution arguments, the court chose to extend Naveen Kumar's custody for five more days. Naveen's family has maintained that he is innocent and in no way connected to the case.
As part of the probe, the SIT requested the court to subject him to a narcoanalysis test, and the court has reserved its order on the same till March 12. She edited Lankesh Patrike, a weekly newspaper.
The Editor of Lankesh Patrike Kannada magazine, Gauri Lankesh, was shot dead outside her residence in Bengaluru on September 5th previous year.
The murder of Lankesh, a staunch advocate of secularism and critic of right-wing political ideology, sparked protests across India.
It is suspected that Naveen provided logistics to the killer by conducting a recce around Lankesh's house on September 3 and 5 a year ago. The SIT also suspected that he may have been involved in the killing of noted rationalist and writer MM Kalburgi.
He was caught by the organised crime wing of the state police's central crime branch on February 18.