Inaction in murder probe irks court

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday expressed anguish over the callous manner in which the State Government had handled a murder case in which Congress leader and former Minister D.K. Shivakumar was an accused and said its inaction was virtually interrupting the proceedings and impeding the judicial course.

The court was dealing with a case in which the former Minister and Congress MLA from Sathanur D.K. Shivakumar and his brother D.K. Suresh were allegedly involved in the murder of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) worker.

Lukewarm response

Pulling up the State Government for not filing a report on the case, the court took serious exception to the lukewarm response of Kanakapura police to the complaint filed by the widow of the BSP worker.

Justice Jawad Rahim, who is hearing the case, was dealing with a petition by Roopli Bai of Kodihalli in Kanakapura taluk seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the murder of her husband in which she alleged that Mr. Shivakumar and Mr. Suresh were involved.

Roopli Bai, who had filed the petition in 2004, said her husband Nagaraja Nayak was murdered on September 27, 2003. She alleged that her husband, before his death, had claimed that Mr. Shivakumar and Mr. Suresh were trying to get him killed.

When the matter came up, the State Public Prosecutor (SPP) said he was not able to file the report as asked for by the court as no further information had been given to him by the police.

Justice Jawad Rahim, in his order said, "In the March 30 and April 13, 2007 orders, the SPP had been granted sufficient time for the State to file a report and a counter to the allegations made in the petition. Till date, no counter or report is filed."

The judge posted the matter to May 31 for hearing.

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