The Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the Karnataka High Court order. Supreme Court quashing the charge sheet against an accused in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh for purported offences under provisions of the Karnataka Control Of Organised Crimes Act(KCOCA).
Supreme Court sets aside the Karnataka High Court order on dropping of KCOCA (Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act) charges against an accused in 2017 murder case of journalist turned activist Gauri Lankesh pic.twitter.com/iLFpBqtZ1l
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Hence, the charges against accused Mohan Nayak under the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) were dropped by the High Court in April.
Furthermore,Gauri Lankesh’s sister Kavita Lankesh had approached the Supreme Court.
Moreover, the Supreme Court on September 21, 2021, had reserved the orders after hearing detailed submissions.
Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for Kavita Lankesh. Whereas, advocate Basava Prabhu appeared for accused Mohan Nayak.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SUPREME COURT:
The appeal before the Supreme Court says that Nayak was actively involved. In providing shelter to Lankesh’s killers before and after the offence.
Kavitha Lankesh’s counsel had argued that the high court had mistaken in coming to the conclusion that KCOCA was not applicable against the accused. Moreover, he referred to the role of the accused, as noted in the high court order.
Futhermore,he said Nayek had taken a house on rent in the guise of running an acupressure clinic. However,the clinic was meant to accommodate members of the offence.
Senior Advocate Basava Prabhu S Patil, appearing for the accused Mohan Nayak, had argued that his client had no role to play in the actual commission of the crime.
In its order, the high court had said, “If the approval order itself is bad in law, the sanction order, the charge sheet and the approval order so far as the offences under the Act (KCOCA) against the petitioner (Nayak) have no legs to stand.”
With today’s order, the possibility of the accused getting bail would become difficult during the pendency of the trial.
WHAT HAPPENED TO GAURI LANKESH:
Gauri Lankesh, a progressive activist and editor of Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike,
She was shot dead on the night of September 5, 2017. She was killed from a close range in front of her Rajarajeshwari Nagar house around 8 p.m.
Furthermore,the SIT, formed by then chief minister Siddaramaiah, has arrested suspected mastermind Amol Kale and shooter Parashuram Waghmare among others.