THE SECOND additional district and sessions court in Mangaluru on Friday rejected an anticipatory bail plea filed by the founder of the NaMo Brigade, Naresh Shenoy, in connection with the March 21 murder of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga.
The court while rejecting the anticipatory bail plea noted that the murder of the RTI activist was a clear case of contract killing and that the role of Shenoy, 39, had emerged during police investigations and statements collected by investigators.
The court upheld the argument of the public prosecutor that witnesses might be threatened if Shenoy is granted anticipatory bail.
Shenoy, absconding since March 25, had filed the bail plea fearing arrest after he emerged as a prime suspect in the murder of the Baliga, 51. The murder was allegedly carried out by two contract killers, Nishith Devadiga and Vinith Poojary, who were arrested a week after the murder by Mangaluru police.
Police investigations in the case revealed that several persons linked to Shenoy were involved in the awarding of the contract for the killing.
During the hearing of Shenoy’s anticipatory bail plea, the police told the district court that the phone call details of Shenoy and other suspects, the voluntary statements provided by three persons arrested so far and the presence of a car linked to Shenoy at the scene of the March 21 murder all disclosed the involvement of the NaMo Brigade founder in the murder.
The elderly parents of the murdered RTI activist sought denial of bail on the grounds that the accused would influence witnesses and would derail prosecution.
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