Naveena died on Thursday, Jul 8 after being stabbed repeatedly by a male colleague at the High Court in Bangalore. The man who attacked her has been identified as Advocate Rajappa. He tried to kill himself after killing the lady lawyer.
A leading tabloid has reported that Rajappa was moved to take the extreme step out of anger that Naveena turned down his marriage proposal.
Rajappa had even threatened to commit suicide earlier. He had reportedly told Naveena that he would drink poison out of a Rum bottle in a bid to persuade her into entering wedlock with him.
"On Wednesday, Rajappa pleaded with Naveena to marry him, and she refused. They had a heated argument and Rajappa threatened that he would kill her and then commit suicide. After we sent Naveena home that day, we tried to counsel him to get a hold on himself," a friend of Rajappa is quoted as saying in MiD-Day.
The spurned lover is believed to have gone to a bar, where he bought a Rum bottle.
"I saw the bottle on the spot, where the murder was committed. I also detected a faint poison-like smell in the air," Bharathi, an oath commissioner in the court, told the paper.
"Rajappa also vomited in the toilet, where he stabbed himself. I also heard some policemen say that it was likely that Rajappa had consumed poison," she added.
Even though doctors at Mallya Hospital told the paper that Rajappa's stomach was washed to cleanse his system of any poison that he may have consumed, they did not confirm whether he had or had not consumed poison.