Trial in slain journalist, Gauri Lankesh begins more than four years after she was shot dead by motorcycle-borne men outside her house here. According to the prosecution lawyer, senior advocate S Balan, the trial is set to start on May 27.
“The hearing of the case had not started yet. It will start now from May 27,” he said.
According to him, more than 60 lawyers were engaged initially by the accused, and their petitions delayed the commencement of the trial.
Balan said 17 accused including the alleged kingpin Amol Kale, shooter Waghmore and the motorcycle rider Ganesh Miskin would face the trial while one more accused is at large.
Gauri’s sister Kavitha Lankesh expressed her happiness over the beginning of the trial.
“Till now hearing was going on related to bail applications. Now we are happy that the trial is beginning”, she said.
Gauri Lankesh, a left-leaning journalist, was shot dead outside her house on Teachers’ Day on September 5, 2017.