Corporator arrested for the murder of RTI activist Lingaraju
In relation with the murder of RTI activist Lingaraju Devendrappa, the police arrested the corporator from Azad Nagar Mrs Gowramma Govindaraju. She was arrested from a hotel in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu where she had gone into hiding. The Karnataka High Court had suo-motu taken cognisance of the murder and is monitoring probe.
Earlier, the police had arrested her husband Govindaraju,for giving a contract for the murder of Lingaraju. The cause of the murder was the alleged complaint made by Lingaraju with the Lokayukta on Gowramma's illegal earnings.
The Karnataka High Court constituted a Special Investigation Team to investigate into the murder of the RTI activist Lingaraju and has recommended that the State government should formulate rules for the protection of whistleblowers.