Astrologer’s father, driver in CID custody

25-08-2016
TOI

The three main accused in the case--Rajeshwari, Navaneeth and Niranjan-have been remanded to judicial custody till September 6. DySP H T Chandrashekhar, CID, investigating officer, asked the court for police custody of Srinivas Bhat and Raghavendra.
Vikram Hegde, lawyer for Srinivas Bhat and Raghavendra, had appealed for bail on August 18 and the date posted for objection was Wednesday. Praveen Kumar R N, senior assistant public prosecutor, sought more time and the judge granted it. After the court proceedings, Rajeshwari was taken back to Mangaluru jail and the other two were taken to Hiryadka jail. Arun Bangera from Belvai and Arun Kumar from Bantwal will be the lawyers for Rajeshwari and Navaneeth. Till date there is no lawyer appeared for Niranjan Bhat.
The court also granted permission for DNA test enabling collection of blood samples of Bhaskar Shetty’s mother and brother and to match it with the forensic evidence collected from the crime scene. Police had recovered bones and other remains of Bhaskar Shetty’s body from places where the astrologer said that the remains were dumped.

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