Taking suo motu cognisance of the murder of RTI activist Lingaraju, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday issued direction to the Director-General of Police to file a status report on the case by November 29.

‘Facts must emerge’

“The entire circumstance leading to his death must emerge before society. Persons who taken on the risk of challenging the powerful, as the ground of corruption, do so fearless of the possibility of their making ultimate personal sacrifice,” observed a Division Bench of th High Court comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B.V. Nagarathna in its order.

“They should not go into oblivion or (as) unsung heroes. Society must honour its martyrs,” the Bench observed and appointed Hashmath Pasha, an advocate having rich experience in criminal cases, as amicus curiae to assist the court in this case. The next hearing has been adjourned to November 30.

Threat calls

The media had reported that Lingaraju started getting threatening calls after he was linked with the recent raids by the Lokayukta police on the properties of a Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike councillor and her associates.