Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Friday observed that the recent brutal murder of RTI activist Lingaraju was a serious matter and appointment Special Public Prosecutor was necessary in the case.
Making this observation on a suo motu PIL on hacking to death of Lingaraju, a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen further directed the government advocate to suggest some names for the post of SPP.
Senior advocate Hazmath Pasha, who was appointed Amicus Curiae by the court, filed a memo stating that it was on the basis of complaint filed by Lingaraju that the Lokayukta police conducted raids on the residence of corporator Gowramma and the police till date had not investigated her role in it.
The court then questioned the government on it and adjourned further hearing of the matter to December 5.
Based on press reports about the murder of RTI activist in the city on November 20, the Karnataka High Court treated the matter as a suo motu PIL the next day and appointed senior counsel Hazmath Pasha as Amicus Curiae to assist the court in the matter.
Lingaraju (40), an RTI activist and a whistle-blower was hacked to death at Vittal Nagar in Chamarajpet by three unidentified persons right in front of his house when he and his wife were fetching water from a public tap in Marakandeya Layout.
A former employee of Canara Bank, he had launched a
Kannada tabloid "Maha Prachanda" but closed it some years ago to become a full-time RTI activist. He also dabbled in real estate and was associated with the Congress Party.
Recently, Lingaraju had filed a private complaint in the Lokayukta Court against his political rival Govindraju, husband of Azadnagar corporator Gowramma. He had also lodged a complaint with the Upalokayukta against the couple.
On November 9, the Lokayukta police had raided Gowramma and Govindraju`s residence and recovered property worth over Rs 16 crore.
Lingaraju is also reported to have provided crucial documents, during preliminary investigation of the cases involving Gowramma and Govindraju, which subsequently led to the raids, police said.
According to Lingaraju`s wife, Gowramma had approached her through some people to get the complaint withdrawn.
The family subsequently filed a complaint with the Chamarajpet police, alleging that Gowramma and her associates were behind Lingaraju`s murder.