CBI information chargesheet towards ex-Karnataka Minister Kulkarni in ZP member homicide case

CBI information chargesheet towards ex-Karnataka Minister Kulkarni in ZP member homicide case

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 2

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday said it has filed a supplementary chargesheet against former Karnataka minister and ex-MLA of Dharwad assembly segment Vinay Kulkarni and two other persons in a case related to alleged murder of Yogesh Goudar, the then Zilla Panchayath (ZP) member in June, 2016.

CBI spokesperson RC Joshi said: “The agency investigation has disclosed the alleged role of the said accused in the conspiracy. These accused are presently in judicial custody.”

It was alleged that Kulkarni had personal enmity and political rivalry with deceased Goudar, who had declined the request to step back from contesting the ZP election in 2016, the CBI official said.

The other two accused whose names are there in the supplementary chargesheet include Chandrashekhar Indi and Shivananand Birdar.

“Investigations revealed that the ex-Minister allegedly conspired with his close associates and in pursuance thereof, one of his associates agreed to execute the murder. It was further alleged that a land deal was entered by the accused and a purported land dispute was portrayed as a motive for the murder. Further, three country made pistols were also seized by CBI,” Joshi said.

Giving details of the events leading to the alleged murder of Goudar, the CBI official said, investigation revealed that an associate of the said accused arranged other accused from Bangalore and they visited Dharward on two occasions.

“On the first occasion, they stayed in a resort at Dandelli allegedly arranged by the said accused. They allegedly committed the murder during their second attempt. These accused fled after the commission of crime,” he added.

The CBI had earlier identified and arrested eight other accused and filed a chargesheet on May 20, 2020.

The CBI had registered the case and taken over the investigation on September 24, 2019, based on the notifications of the Karnataka Government and the Government of India. The case was earlier registered by the local police on the allegations of the murder of Goudar on June 15, 2016.

The local police filed the final report on September 9, 2016, before jurisdictional court, chargesheeting six accused persons (all residents of Dharwad).

The official said, further investigation into the role of the other accused and larger conspiracy in this case is continuing.

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