Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Thursday
ordered a CBI probe into the murder of Mangalore-based human
rights advocate Naushad Kashimji.
Justice Mohan Shantangowder ordered the probe after hearing
a petition seeking a CBI probe into the murder and the alleged
involvement of four police officers in the two-year old case.
Naushad, who was shot dead outside his apartment in
Mangalore on Apr 9, 2009, was allegedly warned by four police
officers as he was appearing in court defending the alleged
aide of Chota Shakeel, Rasheed Malbari.
Naushad’s senior, Purushottam Pujary, had lodged a
complaint with Pandeshwar police station accusing the hand of
four police officers in the killing of Naushad the same
evening after he was allegedly warned by the officers on April
When the probe did not make a headway, the wife of the
accused filed a writ petition seeking a CBI probe into the
When the matter came up for hearing, the State Government
submitted that the CID is already probing into the matter.
However, the petitioner submitted that since there is
involvement of four police officers, she wanted the
investigation to be conducted by an independent agency like
Justice Mohan Shantangowder who heard the matter, directed
the matter be referred to CBI for further investigation.