CBI detains former Karnataka Minister Vinay Kulkarni in 2016 murder case

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A BJP worker and Zila Panchayat member Yogeeshgouda was killed in his gymnasium in Saptapur in Karnataka’s Dharwad , on June 15, 2016.

 

Central Bureau of Investigation officials on Thursday morning detained former Karnataka Minister and Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni in connection with the murder of former Zilla Panchayat member Yogeeshgouda Goudar in 2016.

According to the official sources, Kulkarni was taken from his residence in Shivagiri  to suburban police station in Dharwad for questioning.

However, the source  remained tight lipped on the question of whether he was arrested.

As per the report, his younger brother Vijaya Kulkarni is also being questioned.

A BJP worker and Zila Panchayat member Yogeeshgouda was killed in his gymnasium in Saptapur in Karnataka’s Dharwad , on June 15, 2016.

The CCTV installed on premises had captured the entire act. The five miscreants were identified as close associates of Kulkarni who was then a minister.

The agency took over the probe on the recommendation of the Karnataka government on September 24, 2019.

In June, the CBI had examined Pandu Rangrane (the then retired Commissioner Hubli, Dharwad), Jinendra Khanagavi (the then DCP Dharwad and Presently SP Security Division Bengaluru), and Mallikarjun Baladandi (the then DCP Crime and Traffic Dharwad and presently Additional SP Haveri) at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office in Bengaluru.

As per the report, these policemen were the supervisory officers in Dharwad during the investigation of Yogesh Gowda murder case by the local police in 2016.

The Police had registered a case against six accused, who are all residents of Dharwad. 

After taking over the investigation on September 24 last year, the CBI arrested eight persons, of whom seven are in judicial custody and one is out on bail.

In May, the CBI also filed a charge sheet against the eight people. The investigation agency said the accused had allegedly come to Dharwad on two occasions in June 2016 and with the support of the other accused allegedly planned the crime.

Earlier, the Karnataka Police had filed a charge sheet in the murder case on September 9, 2016.

It is allegedly said that Gowda was hacked to death over a property dispute.

According to the CBI, Gowda ran a gym in Dharwad and was a friend of Basavaraj Shivappa Muttagi, the prime accused, for the last 10 years, both with different political inclinations. 

Gowda came to know about a land purchase deal by Muttagi. As per the CBI, Gowda had threatened Muttagi that he should not purchase the land as it was under his custody and if he still proceeded, he would kill him.

However, Gowda was killed in his gym by accomplices of Muttagi, who first sprinkled chilli powder on his face before hacking him to death.

The BJP had raised a hue and cry over the murder handed over the case to CBI in September last year after coming back to power in the state.

 

With inputs from PTI, IANS 

Image credit: News Karnataka

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