The mystery surrounding the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh is now apparently over. According to media reports, the special investigation team, probing the killing has named Hindu right wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha in its additional chargesheet filed before a Bengaluru court.
Lankesh, 55, known for her Left-leaning and strong anti-Hindutva views was shot dead in front of her house here on September 5 last year, triggering a nationwide outrage. Soon after the then Siddaramaiah-led government constituted the SIT to probe into the killing. The first chargesheet in the sensational case was filed in May last.
The SIT submitted the 9,235-page chargesheet in the principal civil and sessions court . The chargesheet stated that a network within Sanatan Sanstha targeted Lankesh for no personal reasons. It also said the planning to kill Lankesh took place for almost five years.
“The killer and the killed have no personal or any other enmity. Why she was killed? Because she believed in certain ideology, she wrote and spoke on that. So, it must be an ideology and it must be an organisation,” special public prosecutor S Balan said. The SIT has also sought permission to investigate the case further.