India News | Gauri Lankesh murder case: SC reserves order against HC order quashing organized crime charges


New Delhi [India], Sept. 21 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a petition filed by the sister of murdered journalist-turned-activist Gauri Lankesh, Kavitha Lankesh, against the dropping of organized crime charges against a defendant in the case.

Judicial AM Khanwilkar and Judge Dinesh Maheshwari reserved the order after hearing arguments from lawyers for both parties.

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Filmmaker Kavitha Lankesh appealed to the highest court against the April State High Court decision to quash charges against Mohan Nayak under Karnataka’s Organized Crime Control Act (KCOCA).

During today’s hearing, the judiciary observed that the High Court did not analyze the indictment in the case, whether or not the role of the accused is mentioned in the case. indictment. The High Court did not analyze it. “The High Court did not analyze the indictment. The High Court understood the case only as a challenge to the approval and authorized it and quashed the indictment without l ‘Analyze. The High Court handled the matter very lightly, so we should say, “observed the Bench.

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In June, the Supreme Court said the defendant should not be released on bail until Lankesh’s plea was decided.

In April 2021, the High Court quashed the Bengaluru Police Commissioner’s report, as well as the additional indictment in the case, and subsequently KCOCA’s charges against Nayak were dropped.

Lankesh said the SIT investigation revealed that the defendant was part of a union that was behind several cases of organized crime. The plea refers to a series of murders, including that of activists Narendra Dabolkar and Govind Pansare.

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru in 2017.

The KCOCA is a law enacted by the state since 2000 to fight organized crime and terrorism. The law is based on the Maharashtra Organized Crime Control Act 1999 (MCOCA).

Police say if KCOCA’s charges are dropped against Nayak, it could create priority for the charges to be dropped against other defendants in the case.

Defendant Nayak is said to be a close associate of Amol Kale and Rajesh Bangera, both of whom are key defendants in the case. Kavitha’s petition stated that Nayak had actively provided shelter for the main defendants and was also involved in “continuing illegal activity” as defined by the KCOCA. (ANI)

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