Gauri Lankesh murder case: Special court frames charges against 17 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Close on the heels of the Supreme Court’s clearance for framing of charges against Mohan Nayak N, accused in the journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh murder case, under provisions of the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act, 2000, a special court on Saturday framed charges against 17 accused.
The accused are Amol Kale, Amit Baddi, Parashuram Wagmore, Ganesh Miskin, Amit Degwekar, Bharat Kurane, Rajesh D Bangera, Sudhanva Gondalekar, Mohan Nayak N, Suresh H L, Sharad B Kalaskar, Vasudev B Suryavanshi, Sujith Kumar, Manohar Yedave, Srikanth J Pangarkar, K T Naveen Kumar and Rushikesh Devadekar.
The accused were charged under Indian Penal Code Sections 302 (murder), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 114 (abettor being present at the time of committing of offence), 118 (concealing design to commit heinous offence), 109 (abetment to committing offence), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 203 (false information about offence committed), 204 (destruction of evidence), 35 (criminal act by several persons); various Arms Act sections for possession and use of prohibited arms and ammunition, and Section 3 of KCOCA Act, 2000 pertaining to organised crime.
Special judge Anil Bheemanna Katti read out charges via a video conference to the accused, who are in Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara, Bengaluru; Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai, and Yerawada Prison, Pune, in Kannada and Marathi, languages known to the accused as per the requirement under CrPC.
The accused pleaded not guilty and sought court permission to meet their advocates in jail before fixing of the date of trial. The court said they can move the necessary applications. The court posted the matter to December 8 for fixing the date of trial.
To ensure a smooth trial, a direction was issued to jail authorities in Bengaluru not to shift/ transfer any of the accused housed there without specific court permission.
On September 22, 2021, the special court had directed shifting of those accused housed in prisons at Tumakuru, Ballari, Mysuru and Shivamogga to the Central Prison, Bengaluru for framing of charges.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by two bike-borne men on September 5, 2017, outside her house in Rajarajeshwarinagar, Bengaluru. The SIT identified 18 accused and managed to arrest 17, including mastermind Amol Kale, shooter Parashuram Wagmore and Ganesh Miskin, who rode the motorbike. Accused number 15, Vikas Patel alias Nihal, is absconding.
The special judge read out charges via video conference to the accused, who are in Central Prison, Bengaluru; Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai, and Yerawada Prison, Pune, in Kannada and Marathi.

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