SC bail to Bangalore woman Shubha in Girish murder case

August 12, 2014

New Delhi, Aug 12: The Supreme Court on Monday granted bail to Shubha Shankaranarayan (32), who was found guilty of murdering her fiancé B V Girish, a software engineer, in 2003 along with three others, to kill her fiancé B V Girish in Bangalore in 2003.

Shubha, who is a law graduate, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the trial court in 2010 after being held guilty in the murder case. The Karnataka High Court confirmed her conviction and sentence in 2010.

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Taking up her bail plea, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and V Gopala Gowda noted that the accused has been in custody for more than 52 months.

Since it would take further time to hear her appeal challenging the conviction and sentence, there was no point in putting her behind bars, the court said, while granting her bail.

According to the police, Shubha was the mastermind and the prime accused in the murder of Girish, a software engineer, to whom she was engaged in November 2003. They were to be married five months later.

Her alleged boyfriend Arun Verma, her junior in B M S College of Law, his cousin Dinakar alias Dinesh and Venkatesh are the co-accused. All of them were also sentenced to life term by the trial court.

A murder that shook Bangalore

It was a well-planned murder, executed to precision on December 3, 2003. Seven years later, law student Shubha Shankaranarayan was sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast track court in July 2010 for killing her fiance BV Girish.

The victim, Girish, 27, was a software engineer with Intel and got engaged to Shubha, then 21 and a final-year student of BMS College of Law, on November 30, 2003. The wedding was fixed for April 11, 2004. The two families were neighbours in Banashankari II Stage knew each other for 15 years.

Four days later, on December 3, 2003, Shubha convinced Girish to take her out for dinner and made him stop his bike near the Jumbo point on Ring Road, between Indiranagar and Koramangala, on the pretext of wanting to watch aircraft take off and land at the HAL Airport.

While Girish was busy watching an aircraft in motion, a man attacked him with a blunt object from behind and sped away on a bike that was waiting for him.

Shubha took Girish to Manipal Hospital, where he succumbed. In her complaint, Shubha said an unidentified man assaulted her fiance and fled.

Not convinced with her version, police collected call details of her mobile phone, prior to and after Girish's murder that night. Records showed numerous calls made to a number belonging to Arun Verma, then 19 and Shubha's junior in college.

Cops picked up Arun and confronted him with the evidence. He confessed to the murder and, based on his statement, Shubha, and two others, Venkatesh and Dinakar, were arrested.

Investigations revealed Shubha was in love with Arun and was engaged to Girish against her will. The lovebirds then hatched a plan to eliminate Girish. Arun hired Venkatesh to kill Girish; his cousin Dinakar helped him plan the murder.

A sessions court held all four guilty of murder, and sentenced them to life term in jail. The Karnataka high court upheld the judgment.

"Though the prosecution has not placed any evidence as to the actual conversation that had taken place between the accused, the call details, call history sheets extracted in this judgment would clearly indicate that they were in close association with each other. The accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy to do away with the deceased, and they were co-conspirators. The conduct of the accused before the incident, at the time of incident and after the incident is compatible with their guilt and incompatible with their innocence, and no other hypothesis except hypothesis of guilt of accused can be drawn," the high court had observed.

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August 9,2022

Mangaluru, July 9: The Dakshina Kannada police have arrested one more person in connection with the murder of BJP Yuva Morcha leader Praveen Nettaru in Bellare police station limits. 

Praveen was hacked to death by three bike-borne miscreants in front of his chicken stall at Bellare on July 26.

DK Superintendent of Police Rishikesh Sonawane said that the arrested is Abdul kabeer C A ( 33) from Jattipalla House in Sullia. 

With this, the police have arrested seven persons so far.  

The SP said that the investigation is in progress. All the assailants have been identified by the police and a search was on for them.

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August 6,2022

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Mangaluru, Aug 6: A 15-year-old boy who was being treated at a hospital in Mangaluru after his fall from an apartment building at Boluvaru in Puttur, succumbed to injuries today morning. 

The deceased has been identified as Sushan Rai, son of Manohar Rai, retired manager of Padmunja branch of Canara Bank and president of Boluvaru Shri Durgaparameshwari Malaraya Sparivara Kshethra.

He was a Class 9 student of Sudana residential school. He is survived by his father Manohar Rai, mother Sudha M Rai and brother Sohan Rai.

It is learnt that instead of returning home from school on August 5, Sushan went to the apartment building. 

A CCTV footage shows Sushan entering the premises of the apartment building at 4.20 pm. Within minutes he fell from the 5th floor of the building. His school bag was found on the 5th floor.

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August 10,2022

Bengaluru, Aug 10: Accusing the Opposition Congress of unnecessarily raking up the issue of Karnataka Chief Minister replacement, to cover up the rift within, senior BJP leader and Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Wednesday challenged the grand old party to name its CM candidate for 2023 Assembly polls.

Ruling out Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai's replacement, he said BJP's top leadership including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have already said that the election will be under Bommai's leadership and the party will abide by it. The minister was reacting to Congress's series of tweets on Tuesday speculating about Chief Minister Bommai being replaced and even calling him a "Puppet CM".

"To cover up their infighting that has come on to the streets, Congress is spreading false information that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will be replaced. Congress has no base in the country, what rights do they have to speak about BJP's leadership and CM change," Ashoka said.

Speaking to reporters, he said, Congress have not been able to appoint their party's national president, and are today talking about chief minister change in the BJP government. "Did Amit Shah or the Prime Minister tell you (about CM change)? Things have rotten within your own party because of your infighting, clear it first.....There will be neither CM change nor will BJP state President Nalin Kumar Kateel be replaced, we will go to polls under their leadership," he added.

There has been some buzz on and off within the state BJP in recent times, regarding some kind of an overhaul including at the top level, especially after the recent visit of Amit Shah to the state.

Ashoka, further challenging the Congress party said, "Our Chief Minister is Basavaraj Bommai, if you have guts, courage and morality will you be able to tell who is your Chief Minister candidate? Question yourself about it, you don't have courage to announce, but you want to speak about others."

He also said that Congress fears getting split on making such an announcement. Ashoka noted that the internal rift been Congress leaders like Siddaramaiah, Shivakumar, Mallikarjun Kharge, G Parameshwara and M B Patil, has come out in open after the Siddaramaiah's 75th birthday event at Davangere.

To counter Siddaramaiah's event, Shivakumar is organising a march in the name of 75th Independence Day, to prove his strength, he said. "It has also come to our notice that the native Congress leaders have held a meeting expressing their displeasure about Siddaramaiah's birthday event ," he said, adding that instead of going to flood affected areas Congress leaders are involved in such things.

Former BJP MLA B Suresh Gowda's recent statement indicating some changes that the high command will take a call on replacing the chief minister and other matters in the interest of the party and to win the elections in future, had added to the speculations. However, BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel rejected it by stating that Bommai would complete his tenure. 

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