Senior Congress chief and former minister within the Siddaramaiah cupboard Vinay Kulkarni was arrested on Thursday from his residence at Barakotri in Dharwad district by the CBI probing the 2016 homicide of a BJP Zilla Panchayat member Yogesh Gowda.
On June 15, 2016, Yogesh Gowda, a vocal critic of Kulkarni, had been hacked to loss of life by 5 miscreants at Saptapur in Dharwad whereas exercising in a gymnasium in a matter allegedly associated to a property dispute. The CCTV put in on premises had captured your entire act. The 5 miscreants had been recognized as shut associates of the then minister Kulkarni.
The BJP, which raised a hue and cry over the homicide, handed over the case to the CBI in September final yr after coming again to energy within the state. In March, six individuals – Basvaraj Shivappa, Vikram Ballari, Keerti Kumar, Sandeep Saudatti, Vinayak Okay and Mahableshwar Hongal – had been arrested in reference to the homicide.
Kulkarni was detained within the morning by a six-member CBI group led by officer Rakesh Ranjan.
After a nine-hour interrogation, he was arrested, produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace who remanded him in judicial custody. Kulkarni has been shifted to Belgavi’s Hindalga jail by the authorities.
Whilst Karnataka house minister Basvaraj Bommai defended the CBI transfer, saying that the legislation was simply taking its course and Gowda’s spouse Mallama welcomed the arrest, Kulkarni, in a quick assertion to the media, claimed that the arrest was politically motivated. He obtained assist from Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar. who stated that central businesses have been being misused to focus on opposition leaders.
“The case had been investigated and closed by the native police greater than two years again. The reopening and arrest of Kulkarni at present is nothing however political vendetta,” Shivakumar stated.
The handing over of the case to the CBI was a promise made by the BJP even in the course of the 2018 meeting polls.