Gauri Lankesh's murder accused likely to be booked under anti-terror Acts

Sources in the SIT told The New Indian Express that considering the gravity of the offence they have committed, top officials of the SIT are contemplating booking the accused under these Acts.

Published: 04th June 2018 04:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th June 2018 04:16 AM   |  A+A-

Murdered senior journalist Gauri Lankesh (File photo)

Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh is said to be contemplating booking the accused in the case under the provisions of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, and the Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act (KCOCA).

Sources in the SIT told The New Indian Express that considering the gravity of the offence they have committed, top officials of the SIT are contemplating booking the accused under these Acts. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) (UAP) Act deals with individuals or associations which disclaim, question, disrupt or is intended to disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India. The Act is generally invoked in cases related to terrorism, Naxalism, and other 0ffences which are against the interest of the nation.

“UAP Act is applicable in cases where crime is committed against unity and sovereignty of the country. The probe in the Gauri Lankesh’s murder so far has established that the motive behind the killing endangers the sovereignty and integrity of India as a country. It is established that the accused persons in the case were highly influenced by right wing ideologies and were planning to attack well-known persons who spoke against Hindu religion. On these grounds, top officials are contemplating to book the accused under the provisions of the UAPA,” said an official in the SIT.

Besides, the KCOCA — meant to deal with unlawful activities by an individual, singly or jointly, either as a member of an organised crime syndicate or on behalf of such syndicate — would also be invoked against the accused as the probe has revealed that Gauri’s murder was an organised crime.

Substantially, an investigation officer attached to the SIT has requested the court not to make the documents related to the case public. Terming the case as highly sensitive and serious, the officer has stated that there are chances of invoking Acts such as UAPA an KCOCA as the investigation progresses in the case. Considering the gravity of the case, the SIT had also submitted the statement of accused K T Naveen Kumar in a sealed cover to the court.

Naveen threatened witness from jail
Accused Naveen Kumar, who is in Parappana Agrahara Central Prison, is said to have threatened a main witness in the case. His friend, Girish, had recorded his statement before a magistrate, revealing about Naveen’s involvement in the case. Despite being in jail, Naveen allegedly threatened Girish to change his statement recorded before the police and the magistrate.



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