UDUPI: Almost 5 years after NRI businessman-hotelier Bhaskar Shetty was discovered murdered, a courtroom in Udupi on Tuesday held his spouse, son and their household priest-astrologer responsible and handed them life imprisonment within the sensational case.
Although the prosecution sought capital punishment due to the ‘brutality’ with which Shetty was murdered and his physique was disposed of in a spiritual hearth and a river, the principal district and periods courtroom awarded life time period to Rajeshwari Shetty, 55, their son Navaneeth Shetty, 26, and priest Niranjan Bhat, 30.
Shetty, from Indrali in Udupi, owned seven supermarkets in Saudi Arabia, a resort, business complicated and an condo cluster in Udupi and a residential constructing in Manipal. Police stated the convicts allegedly murdered then 52-year-old businessman on July 28, 2016 and burnt his physique in a homa kunda (hearth the place homa is carried out) on the astrologer’s residence in Udupi. Shetty’s bones have been recovered from the Kalka river in Nandalike, Udupi, on August 10, 2016.
Police sources stated Bhaskar Shetty was going via a tough patch along with his spouse allegedly having a relationship with the priest.
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The son, Navaneeth, was demanding switch of all properties in his identify. Shetty, in line with sources, had reportedly confided this in his mom, in addition to sharing alleged photographic proof of his spouse’s friendship with the priest.
In a 296-page judgment, periods decide JN Subramanya stated the three convicts have been despatched to life imprisonment primarily based on a sequence of circumstantial proof, displays, materials objects and witnesses, and restoration of bones of the deceased from the river. Apart from, the prosecution’s argument that failure of Shetty’s spouse and son in submitting a missing-person grievance additionally led to the conviction.
Police launched investigations primarily based on a grievance filed by Shetty’s mom Gulabi on July 29, 2016, that she tried to get in contact together with her son over telephone and there was no response from him. There have been two extra accused within the case: Priest Bhat’s father Srinivas, 60, who died throughout trial final 12 months, and their driver Raghavendra, 32, who has been acquitted within the case.
Navaneet and Niranjan Bhat are lodged in Central Jail, Parappana Agrahara, Bengaluru. Rajeshwari, who secured bail on November 8, 2018, after spending two years and three months in jail, is prone to be despatched to the Bengaluru jail on the courtroom’s order. Rajeshwari and Raghavendra, the fifth accused, have been current on the courtroom, whereas Navaneet and Bhat attended the proceedings through video convention from Bengaluru. She was taken into custody quickly after the decision.
Particular public prosecutor M Shantharam Shetty stated he had argued for awarding of capital punishment to the accused. The courtroom examined 78 witnesses, 270 displays and paperwork and 131 materials objects through the trial. Shashikanth Shetty, advocate for Bhaskar Shetty’s 81-yearold mom Gulabi, known as the punishment ‘prudent’ and stated she was completely happy that “justice had been served” for her son. An advocate for the accused stated they’ll attraction in opposition to the decision in the next courtroom.