Gauri Lankesh murder: Won’t transfer case to CBI just because BJP is asking, says Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that he has nothing against Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), but won’t be transferring the murder case of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, under the pressure of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I am in touch with the Lankesh family and will give CBI the case only if the family asks me to do so. I won’t do anything just because the BJP is saying,” said Siddaramaiah.

Earlier in the day, Gauri Lankesh’s brother, Indrajit Lankesh said that his sister was friends with Siddaramaiah and also said that the Chief Minister had assured the family that if they want then he will give the case to CBI.

Addressing the media today, Indrajit Lankesh further said that Special Investigation Team (SIT) has formed three different teams and they are working on the case.

“It’s not about going to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it’s not about a special judge or SIT, it’s about getting justice. And for that we are ready to do anything for that,” Indrajit Lankesh said.

A SIT comprising of 19 officers, headed by IGP Intelligence B.K. Singh, has been formed to probe Gauri Lankesh’s murder.

Senior journalist Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday at her residence in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar by some unidentified assailants at around 8-8:30 p.m.

As per the reports, three bullets were pumped in her body.

Her last rites were held at Bengaluru’s Chamrajpet Cemetery earlier in the day.

Lankesh was the editor of the Gauri Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid described as an “anti-establishment” publication. (ANI)