The victim journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh’s sister Kavitha Lankesh has said that she will oppose any move to hand over the investigation in the case to CBI claims that the Special Investigation Team of Karnataka Police had made significant progress, managing to detain 16 suspects.
Recently, the Supreme Court has recommended a CBI investigation into the murders of Gauri Lankesh, social activist Govind Pansare, and rationalist MM Kalburgi to see if there was a “common thread” in all the murder, which took place over a period of 5-years.
Ms. Kavitha told the source that “The SIT did a brilliant job by arresting the accused in the case. It filed two charge sheets also. When there is so much headway, it does not make any sense to hand over the case to CBI.”
Sreevijaya, son of MM Kalburgi said that he had faith in the judiciary and any decision taken will be the best interest of his family.
On December 11, a justice-bench led by Justices Navin Sinha and UU Lalit had asked the CBI, already investigating the killing of Narendra Dabholkar, whether it would like to probe the three other cases as well.
Earlier, Karnataka Police had informed the Supreme Court that there could be an “intimate connection” between the killing of MM Kalburgi in 2015 and Gauri Lankesh in 2017.
Journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, in front of her house in Bengaluru. So far, 16 suspects have already been detained for their alleged involvement in the murder cases.