Johnson T.A.


Gauri Lankesh, Dabholkar, Kalburgi, Pansare killings: Two guns but different shooters used, say cops
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Parshuram Waghmore, who is linked to Sri Rama Sene, was arrested on June 11 by the SIT from his home in Sindhagi in Vijayapura in north Karnataka.

Lankesh murder: Shooter kept in house rented by man linked to Sanatan Sanstha, says probe
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

The house where Waghmare was kept was rented by a man associated with Sanatan Sanstha and let out for a few days to “friends’’ who have emerged as the main suspects in the murder plot, the SIT has found.

Gauri Lankesh death: ‘Suspected shooter given pistol on day of murder’
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

The investigations have found that Parshuram Ashok Wagmare was given training in firing guns in Karnataka and Maharashtra before being chosen to carry out the Lankesh murder.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Suspected shooter held, police say he has a crime record
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

A Special Investigation Team, probing the murder, submitted a statement from Wagmare admitting his involvement in the shooting of Gauri Lankesh.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Key accused points to leader of Hindutva outfit
Mon, Jun 11, 2018

Investigations have found that a Bengaluru-based co-ordinator of HJS, Mohan Gowda, allegedly put key accused, K T Naveen Kumar, in touch with this Sanstha unit in the planning phase of the Lankesh murder.

CM Kumaraswamy in charge of 11 ministries as Karnataka ministers get portfolios
Sat, Jun 09, 2018

HD Kumaraswamy will be in charge of key portfolios such as Finance, Energy, Intelligence and Infrastructure development, while his elder brother H D Revanna has been given charge of the Public Works Department.

Same gun used to kill Gauri Lankesh and MM Kalburgi: Forensic report
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

The report, which was attached to the chargesheet filed by the SIT in the Lankesh murder case, is the first official indication by any government agency of the linkages between the two murders.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Accused took wife to Mangaluru ashram on day of murder to create his alibi, says police
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

Despite consistent denials by Sanatan Sanstha and its affiliate, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), of any association with the accused in the murder case, there has been an increasing amount of circumstantial links between the groups and arrested people.

Karnataka Cabinet expands, 10 Vokkaligas among 27 ministers
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

The Congress, which has got 22 of the 34 cabinet berths, has attempted to balance caste equations keeping in mind its support base in the backward castes, Dalits and minorities.

Congress for next-generation leaders in Karnataka cabinet, names not finalised
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

Fearing dissent within the party on account of a lack of leadership at the state level since the May 12 Assembly elections, the expansion exercise is being carried out under direct supervision of party president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Suspects hid behind code words, fake names
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

Maintaining notes on surveillance, using fake names and feature phones and multiple SIM cards and handsets — here's what the four men arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh did to hide their identities.

Karnataka govt formation: JDS, Congress share portfolios; to contest 2019 polls together
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

The alliance partners also announced a plan to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as a Congress-JDS coalition, with decisions on seat-sharing and other issues to be taken at poll time.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: SIT names three more as key accused, gets custody for 12 days
Fri, Jun 01, 2018

A fourth person, Sujeet Kumar alias Praveen, 37, from Karnataka, also arrested in the Bhagwan case and already named as an accused in the Gauri Lankesh murder, was also formally named by the SIT as an accused.

Accused in plot to kill writer had a map of Gauri Lankesh house: Police
Thu, May 31, 2018

Gauri Lankesh murder: The sketch of a map, suspected to indicate the street and neighbourhood where Lankesh was murdered, has been found in the diary of one of the four, police sources told The Indian Express.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Cops close in, four held in plot to kill writer
Wed, May 30, 2018

The SIT conducted searches at over eight places in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa on May 22 leading to the discovery of key evidence.

Farm loan, Cabinet posts: At Congress’s mercy, says Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy
Tue, May 29, 2018

Under pressure over farm loans in Karnataka and on the day that the Opposition BJP called for a state-wide bandh, HD Kumaraswamy suggested that he could not waive farmer loans because of opposition from his alliance partner.

JD(S) eyes Telangana model on farm loan waiver
Tue, May 29, 2018

Besides loan waiver, another contentious issue in the new coalition is the claim over the Finance portfolio, with both Kumaraswamy and the Congress staking claim.

Karnataka verdict: JD(S) — Back with a Bangalore
Sun, May 27, 2018

A hung House and a series of dramatic events have seen the JD(S) take over the reins of the government in Karnataka in alliance with the Congress. JOHNSON T A looks at how the Gowdas, till recently on the precipice of irrelevance, now see a chance to resurrect the party

Karnataka: HD Kumaraswamy wins trust vote as BJP walks out
Sat, May 26, 2018

Seeking the trust vote in the Assembly, Kumaraswamy said he was now a much more mature politician than what he was 10 years ago when he was chief minister of Karnataka for the first time.

Karnataka: Floor test today, Congress-JD(S) hold on to MLAs
Fri, May 25, 2018

The Assembly will on Friday conduct an election to pick a new Speaker before the vote of confidence is tabled. The Congress has nominated former speaker K R Ramesh Kumar as its candidate.