The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday ordered that the National Investigation Agency will not probe the Rudresh murder case. Justice Michael D' Cunnha observed that there was a technical flaw since the letter recommending the NIA probe was sent out by the commissioner of police to the Union Home Ministry.
The court was of the view that the letter of recommendation ought to have gone from the Home Department of Karnataka.
The court directed the city police to continue investigations under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The RSS activist's murder in October 2016 had created a furore in Karnataka. The commercial street police who registered the case in October 2016 have been asked to continue investigations.
Justice Micheal D'Cunha reversed a lower court's order transferring the case to NIA for investigations after it was suspected that those arrested for Rudresh's murder had links with the Indian Mujahideen.
After taking over the probe into the case, the NIA had started investigating the alleged role of Asim Shariff, leader of the Popular Front of India. NIA sources had claimed that records had revealed that he was in touch with the Indian Mujahideen. The NIA has also started a probe into 17 other cases in which Hindu leaders were murdered.