BENGALURU: In a quick response to the petition filed by four arrested in murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh’s case, alleging that they had been subjected to third degree treatment in police custody, the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to ask the police to ensure the accused’s good health.
The four accused are Sujith Kumar (37), resident of Kuppanahalli in Shikaripura taluk of Shivamogga district, Manohar Yadave (29), resident of Ratanpur in Tikot Hobli of Vijayapura district in Karnataka, both are businessmen by profession, Amol Kale (37), engineer by profession from of Chinchwad city in Pune and Amit Ramachandra Degvekar (38), social worker by profession from Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra.
The accused who are said to be Hindu activists are shown as accused 2, 3, 4 and 6, respectively in the case.
Justice KN Phaneendra adjourned the case to June 18, after issuing this direction including immediate medical check up at a government hospital.
The court issued notice to the Home Department, DG and IGP, Station House Officer, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, and emergent notice to the investigating officers Kumaraswamy and Murthy, who are police inspectors.