The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice on the petition of Kavita Lankesh, sister of journalist Gauri Lankesh, seeking answers from all the parties. However, the court did not order the demand for a stay on the decision to be issued by the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday. Other parties, including the Karnataka government, will have to respond to the notice by July 15.
The apex court issued notice in this regard to the Karnataka government and others associated with the matter. The High Court is scheduled to pass orders on Nayak’s bail plea tomorrow.
The Supreme Court order was in response to a petition by filmmaker Kavita Lankesh, who challenged the High Court’s decision to quash the KCOCA charges against Mohan Nayak.
Kavita Lankesh is the sister of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in Bengaluru in 2017.
On December 11, the Supreme Court had supported the CBI probe into the killings. The court had asked the probe agency, which is probing the murder of Dabholkar, to state by the first week of January whether it would like to probe the murders of Lankesh, Kalburgi and Pansare as well.
Last year, in the journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case, the Bengaluru SIT arrested the accused Hrishikesh Deorikar alias Rajesh from Katras in Dhanbad. He was working as a petrol pump caretaker in Katras.
A three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Aniruddha Bose said the bail decision should not be influenced by the High Court’s decision.