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Canadian city to celebrate Gauri Lankesh day on September 5 | Latest News India

Burnaby, a city in Canada, has declared September 5 as Gauri Lankesh Day, commemorating the slain activist’s life on her demise anniversary. The resolution was taken throughout the Burnaby City Council meeting on August 30 and a proclamation, signed by city mayor Mike Hurley, was printed on the official web site subsequently.

Gauri Lankesh, a journalist-turned-activist, was shot useless exterior her dwelling in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru, by unidentified males on September 5, 2017. The 55-year-old was an open critic of the Hindutva politics within the state.

The proclamation hails Gauri as a brave Indian journalist who stood up for fact and justice. “Gauri Lankesh, through her work, encouraged her readers to adopt scientistic temperament and reject religious fanaticism, caste-based discrimination and bigotry,” learn the proclamation uploaded on the city web site.

In April 2020, the city of Burnaby proclaimed April 14 as ‘Dr BR Ambedkar Day of Equality’. Also, the city declared a day devoted to civil rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra and Sikh Heritage.

Filmmaker and Gauri’s sister, Kavitha Lankesh mentioned that she is pleased {that a} city in Canada has recognised her sister’s work. “I’m very happy to hear that. I didn’t know about this until someone informed me. I’m very happy that Gauri’s work is being recognised internationally, even though no such recognition has been provided by the government here. I’m glad that her message is spreading across the world,” mentioned Kavitha.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on September 8 is anticipated to hear the plea filed by Gauri’s sister Kavita Lankesh, difficult the dropping of fees below the Karnataka Control of Organized Crime Act 2000 (KCOCA) in opposition to one of many accused within the homicide case. The bench, led by Justice AM Khanwilkar, had issued discover to Karnataka on the petition filed by Kavitha, through which she appealed in opposition to the state excessive courtroom’s resolution in April to quash fees below KCOCA in opposition to Mohan Nayak.

KCOCA is a legislation enacted by Karnataka in 2000 to fight organised crime and terrorism. The Act was modelled on the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, 1999 (MCOCA). According to police, if the costs of KCOCA are dropped in opposition to Nayak, it may set priority for the costs to be dropped in opposition to different accused within the case as effectively.

A senior dwelling division official, within the know of the developments, mentioned that the SIT had approached the federal government to file an attraction in opposition to the Karnataka excessive courtroom resolution. However, the federal government didn’t act on it. The dwelling minister didn’t reply to HT’s name for a remark relating to this allegation.

As per the cost sheet, Nayak is accused of offering lodging to the killers on the outskirts of Bengaluru. He was arrested on July 19, 2018. Nayak was arrested after the primary suspects within the case, together with the shooter Parashuram Waghmore and mastermind of the crime Amol Kale, have been taken into custody.

According to the petition filed by means of advocate Aparna Bhat, Nayak was additionally concerned in arranging logistics for the killers, each earlier than and after the crime. It acknowledged that the excessive courtroom erred in setting apart the order of the Bengaluru police commissioner handed in August 2018 invoking KCOCA in opposition to Nayak and the next supplementary cost sheet filed by the Special Investigation Team below provisions of KCOCA.

The SIT filed an extra cost sheet in November 2018, through which Nayak was named. According to the cost sheet, Nayak took weapons coaching as effectively. On April 22, the Karnataka excessive courtroom dropped the organised crimes fees in opposition to Nayak.

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