Gauri Lankesh's murder an organised crime, journalist killed for her anti-Hindutva ideology, says SIT chargesheet
The SIT submitted the 9,235-page charge sheet on Gauri Lankesh's murder in the Principal Civil and Sessions court in Bengaluru Friday.
Bengaluru: The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, has named Hindu right wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha in its additional charge sheet filed before a city court. The SIT submitted the 9,235-page charge sheet in the Principal Civil and Sessions court in Bengaluru in Friday.
The charge sheet stated that a network within Sanatan Sanstha targeted Lankesh for no personal reasons. It also said the planning to kill Lankesh took place for almost five years. "The killer and the killed have no personal or any other enmity. Why she was killed? Because she believed in certain ideology, she wrote and spoke on that. So, it must be an ideology and it must be an organisation," Special Public Prosecutor S Balan told PTI.
The SIT has also sought permission to investigate the case further.
The first charge sheet in the sensational case was filed in May last.
Lankesh, 55, known for her left-leaning and strong anti-Hindutva views was shot dead in front of her house here on September 5 last year, triggering a nationwide utrage.
Soon after the then Siddaramaiah-led government constituted the SIT to probe into the killing.
So far, 18 people have been accused in the crime, including shooter Parashuram Waghmare, masterminds Amol Kale, Sujith Kumar alias Praveen and Amit Degwekar, SIT sources told PTI.
The gang is suspected to be involved in the killing of three other rationalists MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.
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Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party chief Dipak Dhavalikar said the Sanatan Sanstha does good work, but there are some people who want to project it as a group of wrongdoers.
By now, the masterminds of Gauri Lankesh's murder have surely put enough space between themselves and those who carried out the dastardly act.
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Suspicions that a fringe Hindutva group was behind the murder grew stronger after reports drew parallels between Gauri's murder and previous killings of rationalists like Narendra Dabholkar, MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare.