A Special Court for National Investigation Agency (NIA) Affairs in Bengaluru has extended the custody of 10 defendants in the murder of activist Bajrang dal Harsha in Shivamogga for 90 days.
Judge Kasanappa Naik issued the order allowing the application submitted by the NIA and the report submitted by Special Prosecutor P Prasanna Kumar.
Under Section 43D(2)(b) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, an accused in custody may be detained for 180 days.
In his report to the court, the prosecutor said the residents of Shivamogga are “terrified” by Harsha’s brutal murder and that eyewitnesses are unwilling to testify. Efforts are being made to trace eyewitnesses with assurances that their identities will not be disclosed, according to the report.
According to the report, the forensic examination report of electronic gadgets seized from the accused must be obtained. And people who had contact with the accused before and after the offense should be interviewed to gather more information, according to the report.
Given the submission, the court granted the request and granted the investigative agency an additional 90 days to complete the investigation. It also extended the custody of the defendants for another 90 days.
The accused’s custody was due to expire on May 21.
Harsha was murdered on the night of February 20 on the outskirts of Doddapete Police Station in Shivamogga.