"Yes, Praveen is a suspect in the case but we have not included his name in the FIR yet". Police sources said it had not yet been decided whether the conspiracy to kill Bhagawan, which was discovered in the course of the Gauri Lankesh investigations, would become a part of the Arms Act case where Kumar was first arrested, or whether a new case will be filed in Mysuru, where Kumar had conducted preparations, including alleged recces of the writer's home to carry out a killing.
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Six months after the murder of Lankesh, Karnataka police arrested alleged gunrunner KT Naveen Kumar, who was taken into police custody on March 2 for interrogation in connection with the case. We have submitted some evidence gained during investigation in a sealed envelope to the court, which is why the court extended the date of Naveen Kumar's custody with the police.
"He (Naveen Kumar) has been arrested".
Gauri, 55, was the outspoken editor of Gauri Lankesh Patrike, which was known for its frank editorials.
Gauri Lankesh (55), known as an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants outside her Bengaluru home on September 5 a year ago. "/ Arrested by the Karnataka police earlier for his alleged involvement of killing Journalist-Activist Gauri br / Lankesh in the city past year". "That number is given at the time of chargesheet", a senior SIT official said, requesting not to be named.
Naveen also reportedly was familiar where Gauri Lankesh stayed in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar.
After going through the murder cases of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi, the bullets used to kill Gauri match only with the one used in the killing of Kalburgi. Naveen's family has kept up that he is pure and not the slightest bit associated with the case. The court did not consider the police's plea to include charges of attempt to murder and conspiracy in the case since investigations had revealed that Kumar was allegedly at advanced stage of executing the killing of K S Bhagawan, an outspoken writer, rationalist and critic of some Hindu religious beliefs.