The sister of the murdered Karnataka journalist Gauri Lankesh appears satisfied with the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the case, which she said was in its final stages. "I personally feel that politically it (investigation) is going as one-sided", PTI quoted Indrajit as saying. As a mark of respect to the slain journalist, her fans, family, supporters, colleagues and student leaders will celebrate "Gauri Day" on her birth anniversary on Monday. Very soon I will approach the High Court requesting for a CBI probe, because for five months SIT has done its job. Gauri Memorial Trust was formed by like-minded people with the support of sister Kavita Lankesh and Gauri's mother with an intention to re-open the publication Lankesh Patrike, run by Gauri Lankesh, earlier. Moreover, not one of the 13 cases from Karnataka being probed by CBI had been solved yet, she said. "My brother has not been in touch with the investigating officers; I am". However, his other sibling Kavitha Lankesh told reporters that the special investigation team had been updating her on the probe and that there has been "good progress". On the move to seek a CBI probe into the case, she said it would only give out a wrong message as the investigation would have to start from the beginning.
Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and editor of Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead at her home in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar on 5 September previous year. "A Flaming Moonlight" and A "Gauri Bouquet" will also be released during the event.
Freedom fighter HS Doreswamy said if Karnataka votes for BJP then "the saffron party which is already in power in 20 states will also take another 10 states into its hands". Referring to the BJP, he said things have come to such a pass that "we have to resort to a political agitation to defeat a common enemy".
Newly elected Gujarat Legislative Assembly member, Jignesh Mevani is determined to prevent any Dalit vote for BJP by campaigning for three weeks in Karnataka. "Today is Gauri's birthday; it has been nearly five months now...the investigation is like stagnant water".