Chargesheet in Renukaswamy murder case after gathering sufficient evidence: Karnataka HM G Parameshwara

The minister said a chargesheet would be after collecting sufficient evidence adding that there was no need to protect anyone.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 08, 2024 | 3:10 PM Updated Jul 08, 2024 | 3:10 PM

G Parameshwara speaking to reporters. (DrGParameshwara/Facebook)

A chargesheet in the Renukaswamy murder case, in which Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, his friend Pavithra Gowda and 15 others are accused, would be filed after gathering sufficient evidence, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said on Monday, 8 July.

All the accused are currently under judicial custody till 18 July.

According to police sources, 33-year-old Renukaswamy, a fan of the actor, had sent obscene messages to Gowda, which enraged Darshan, allegedly leading to his murder. His body was found near a stormwater drain next to an apartment in Sumanahalli in Bengaluru on 9 June.

“Accused have been arrested, investigation is on, evidence is being collected after that chargesheet will be filed. Can it be fast-forwarded just because the media says?” Parameshwara asked reporters in response to a question.

“There are procedures, after collecting sufficient evidence, a chargesheet will be filed. I have already said that there is no need to protect anyone in this case, and it will not be done,” he said.

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Murder and the attempted cover-up

Police sources said Pavithra, who is accused number one, was the “major cause” for Renukaswamy’s murder, claiming that it has been proved from the probe that she instigated other accused, conspired with them, and took part in the crime.

The information on the police remand note indicates that Pavithra herself was present at the site of the murder of Renukaswamy.

Police have seized the slipper, clothes, materials and other documents connected to Darshan, from Pavithra’s house.

A resident of the district headquarters town of Chitradurga, Renukaswamy worked with a pharmacy company.

According to the post-mortem report, Renukaswamy died due to shock and haemorrhage as a result of multiple blunt injuries.

The police said Darshan had contacted several individuals soon after the alleged killing. Another accused has confessed that the victim was administered electric shock.

Darshan’s gang member Dhanaraj D alias Raja, who is accused number nine in the case, is the one who had allegedly given Renukaswamy electric shocks, they said. Police have seized an “Electric Shock Torch” from his house.

Darshan, in his revised statement, has admitted to obtaining ₹40 lakh from his friend Mohan Raj to escape from adverse legal actions against him and to cover up conspiracy and destruction of evidence, the police said.

₹37.4 lakh was recovered from Darshan’s house, they said, adding that another ₹3 lakh was recovered from his wife to whom he had given the sum.

Related: ‘Actor Darshan borrowed money to cover up,’ says police note 

The alleged motive

Renukaswamy allegedly commented on the social media account of Gowda, accusing her of creating a rift between the actor and his wife. He also allegedly used “indecent language” and posted offensive messages, according to police sources.

“It was Pavithra who instigated Darshan to punish Renukaswamy. Accordingly, the plan was hatched,” the police said. “Darshan engaged the Chitradurga unit of Darshan Fan Club Convenor Raghavendra alias Raghu, who obtained all information about Renukaswamy.”

Renukaswamy’s wife Sahana said Raghavendra picked up her husband on Friday night from near their house. The victim was abducted and taken to a shed in the Kamakshipalya area in Bengaluru, the sources said.

“Darshan beat up Renukaswamy with a belt. After he fell unconscious, his accomplices thrashed him with sticks. Further, they threw him against a wall, which proved fatal,” they said adding there were multiple bone fractures all over his body.

After he died, his body was dumped in a stormwater drain. A food delivery boy who noticed dogs eating a human body alerted the police.

When the police were working on the case, two accused approached Kamakshipalya police and “confessed” to having killed Renukaswamy over a financial dispute.

(With PTI inputs)

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