The probe into the murder of activist and journalist Gauri Lankesh is nearing completion and the names of the perpetrators will be revealed in a “matter of weeks,” said Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.
Interacting with reporters on Saturday, Mr. Reddy said the probe had narrowed down on suspects responsible for the killing of Gauri Lankesh.
“There is no deadline for the completion of the probe, but it is only a matter of weeks now. Unlike the murders of Dabholkar and Pansare (who were killed in Maharasthra in the past three years) where the probe has stretched on for years, the Special Investigation Team here has definite clues and knows the identities of those who killed Gauri Lankesh. The process of evidence collection is on,” he said in a meeting organised by Press Club Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, the Home Minister said Central agencies, including Income Tax Department, Enforcement Directorate, Central Bureau of Investigation and even Election Commission were being misused against the Opposition.
Recently, Minister M.B. Patil alleged that his phone was being tapped; while Chief Minister Siddaramaiah alleged that IT officials had told Minister D.K. Shivakumar, during a raid, to join BJP.
“This is what happens when there is an autocratic government in the country where all the power is vested in one person. All agencies are being misused on a large-scale, something that was not seen in the previous UPA government,” said Mr. Reddy.
He added that senior police officials were asked to present a report on Mr. Patil’s allegations.