SIT denies reports linking Sadhvi Pragya to Lankesh killing

Bengaluru: “SIT has not found in its investigation or mentioned in the charge sheet any link to Sadhvi Pragya, Malegaon blasts, Abhinav Bharat. There is no evidence to suggest the same. No documents purporting the same have been submitted to the Hon’ble Court,” said a statement released by the special investigation team that is probing the journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh murder case.

When a media report about BJP MP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s involvement in the crime made the rounds, the SIT issued the statement to clarify.

An English daily had yesterday reported that there was a possibility of the BJP candidate’s link with the murder of the journalist.

16 people have so far been arrested by the SIT and two are still at large in connection with the murder. On 5 September 2017, Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru.

The SIT has accused a gang of Right wing members, who were inspired by a book brought out by Sanatan Sanstha, for the murder. The Supreme Court had in February this year ordered that the SIT should also investigate the murder of Left-leaning intellectual M M Kalburgi, who was killed in August 2015.

NT Bureau