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SIT probing Gauri Lankesh case has got clues, gathering evidence: Minister

He also added that if there is no proper evidence when we file a charge sheet in the court

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

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Firebrand editor Gauri Lankesh shot dead at her residence in Bengaluru

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy today claimed the Special Investigation Team probing the killing of senior Kannada journalist has got clues and is in the process of gathering evidence.

Gauri Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5.

"We have got clues, but we cannot tell things to the media for now because we should have correct evidence for the clues we have got," he told reporters at Chikkaballapura.

He said "If there is no proper evidence when we file a charge sheet at the court, it won't stand. So we are trying to collect the evidence correctly... Our SIT is working towards gathering evidence."

The Minister had on September 9 made similar claims about SIT having gathered "some clues" in connection with the case, as he expressed hopes of nabbing the culprits soon.

The government, which has constituted the SIT headed by IGP (Intelligence) B K Singh, has announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone who gives clues about the killing that led to outrage and protests.

As a political slugfest broke out over the killing, her family had pleaded against giving a political colour to it.

The family had said the investigators should look into all angles behind Gauri's killing, whether it was right-wing or Naxals, as reports have emerged about a possible Naxal hand, other than suspected involvement of right-wing extremists, the ideology Gauri opposed.

First Published: Mon, October 02 2017. 19:32 IST