Mangaluru, May 30: The Mangaluru cops have intensified investigations into RTI activist Vinayak Baliga murder case. The police have taken into custody, a professional photographer from the city Manju Neereshwallya, a close friend of prime accused in the case, founder of NaMo Brigade, Naresh Shenoy.
Though, police have officially confirmed the arrest of Manju to the press in Mangaluru on Sunday, he was in the custody from past three days. He has been arrested under the charges of shielding Naresh Shenoy and harboring. He was picked up by the special investigation team set up by the department to deal this sensational, yet sensitive case.
Sources in the department tell OneIndia that, Manju has confessed to his charges during the interrogation. He has divulged valuable information to the investigation team on key accused Naresh Shenoy. It is learnt from the sources that, Manju was in constant touch with Naresh Shenoy after Shenoy fled the city and went into hiding.
Naresh was making contact with Manju through phones and letters. In understanding the risk involved in using telephone conversation, Manju and Naresh started communication through letters. Picking up the lead, police tracked the movement of Manju and finally arrested corroborating the information on Manju being in touch with Naresh Shenoy. He also looked after bail issues of Shenoy.
Manju, sources say, has revealed to the interrogators that team Naresh Shenoy had allegedly bribed a few officers in order to divert the case. Manju, who is close to many press persons in Dakshina Kannada was collecting information from press people and was passing onto Naresh Shenoy.
Transaction of huge sum of money has happened between a popular 'astrologer-cum-seer' and Naresh Shenoy's man to persuade seer to influence the investigation. Manju also said this seer to many extent tried to influence the investigation.
It has to be noted that, Mangaluru Commissioner M Chandra Shekhar, despite facing pressure from the department and political sections, has not diverted the case. Shekhar from the day 1 has been pursuing the case in the same rigor and his motto remains bringing justice to RTI activist Vinayak Baliga, sources added.