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SIT on Lankesh killing to probe Kalburgi case

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed over probe in the murder of rationalist M M Kalburgi to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is probing Gauri Lankesh murder case.

A bench of Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran mentioned there have been similarities in two murder instances and the probe must be carried out by way of a unmarried company. The court docket also mentioned the probe would be monitored by way of the Karnataka HC. The court docket passed the order on a plea of Kalburgi's wife Umadevi Mallinath Kalburgi who approached the court docket alleging that the state police (CID) used to be now not probing the case correctly and sought a court-monitored SIT probe .

Former vice-chancellor of Hampi University, Prof M M Kalburgi (77) used to be shot dead in August 2013 at his Bengaluru place of abode in large sunlight. Umadevi mentioned in her petition that the murder "left every right-minded person in the society shell-shocked" and must now not cross unpunished.

She alleged that there used to be a hyperlink between the murder of her husband and that of activists Narendra Achyut Dabholkar, Govindrao Pansare and journalist Gauri Lankesh. Questioning the continuing probe by way of the state police, she pleaded that the investigation be handed over to a different staff.

"Every offence is a crime against the society and is unpardonable, yet there are some species of ghastly, revolting and villainous violations of the invaluable right to life which leave all sensible and right -minded persons of the society shell-shocked and traumatised in the body and soul," she mentioned.

A day after 55-year previous Lankesh used to be shot dead at shut range by way of unknown assailants at her home on September five, 2017, the state govt had formed SIT to probe her murder.

After the Karnataka police in its standing file mentioned there gave the impression to be an "intimate connection" between the murders of Kalburgi and Lankesh, the apex court docket directed that both the instances be probed by way of SIT.

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