Supreme Court Upholds Charges Against Ex-Karnataka Minister in BJP Worker Murder Case

The Supreme Court has refused to quash charges against former Karnataka minister Vinay Kulkarni in the 2016 murder case of BJP worker Yogesh Gowda. A vacation bench upheld the Karnataka High Court's decision, highlighting due process in framing charges by a special court. Kulkarni denies the allegations.


PTI | New Delhi | Updated: 10-06-2024 16:07 IST | Created: 10-06-2024 16:07 IST
Supreme Court Upholds Charges Against Ex-Karnataka Minister in BJP Worker Murder Case
Vinay Kulkarni
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The Supreme Court on Monday refused to quash charges framed by a special court against former Karnataka minister Vinay Kulkarni in connection with the 2016 murder of BJP worker Yogesh Gowda in Dharwad district.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kumar and Augustine George Masih declined to interfere with the Karnataka High Court's order, which backed the lower court's decision.

Senior advocate Siddhartha Dave, representing Kulkarni, argued that the former minister's name appeared only in the second charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the statement of the deceased's widow did not mention him. However, the bench dismissed these claims and criticized attempts to withdraw the petition.

On April 8, the Karnataka High Court endorsed the special court's decision to proceed with charges against Kulkarni, urging the trial's completion within three months. The CBI claims Kulkarni had political and personal motives against Gowda, leading to his murder. Kulkarni has denied all allegations.

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