Bengaluru: The 8th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court, permitted the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing senior journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder to hold narco-analysis tests on K T Naveen Kumar one of the accused in the case on Monday. The court remanded Kumar in the judicial custody until March 26.
The SIT had considered Naveen Kumar as an accused in journalist Gauri Lankesh murder case after they discovered the evidence that he had conspired to murder writer KS Bhagawan.
Naveen Kumar also possesses information on Gauri’s killers and SIT has a strong belief that he is trying to protect those information.
The SIT submitted an audio and video footage while where Kumar agreed for the tests, but Kumar refused before the magistrate when he was produced before the court. The test was ordered to be conducted on Monday, said the sources.
On Monday when Kumar was presented before the magistrate he told that he was ready for the tests and the truth should be revealed. After that the court permitted the police to carry out the tests.
Kumar will be taken to Ahmedabad Forensic Science Laboratory on an available date.
According to the sources, on Sunday Kumar met his advocate while in custody and asked him about the tests. After the advocate informed Naveen about the test, he agreed to undergo the test and prove his innocence.