Gauri Lankesh Murder: Bengaluru Court Frames Charges Against 18 Accused

A trial court in Bengaluru through video conferencing on Saturday framed charges against 18 accused persons in the murder case of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh.

While the eleven accused were produced from the Bengaluru Central Jail through video conferencing, the other seven accused were presented before the court via video conferencing from the Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai and Pune’s Yerwada jail.

The move came after the Supreme Court facilitated to the framing of charges against Mohan Nayak N under provisions of the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) 2000.

On Saturday, Special judge Anil Bheemanna Katti had read out charges via video conferencing to the accused in Kannada and Marathi, the languages known to the accused, according to the requirement under the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC)

Meanwhile, the accused had pleaded not guilty and sought court permission to meet their advocates in jail before fixing the date of trial. They could do so by moving the necessary applications, the special court said.

The court has posted the matter to 8 December 2021, to fix the date of trial.

On 5 September 2017, Journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in front of her residence in South Bengaluru by assaulters who used a country-made gun.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed to solve the murder case of the Journalist. SIT had arrested 18 persons, all affiliated to fringe pro-Hindu groups. The shooter was identified as Parashuram Waghmare. While Amol Kale has been named as accused number one, Amit Degwekar and Sujith Kumar have been named as the prime conspirators who planned the murder of Lankesh.

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