Former Karnataka minister and Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni
Former Karnataka minister and Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday detained former Karnataka minister and Congress leader Vinay Kulkarni for questioning in connection with the murder of a BJP worker Yogesh Gowda in 2016. Kulkarni is a member of the Dharwad District Panchayat.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, Vinay Kulkarni was detained from his residence at Barakotri in Dharwad district of Karnataka by a six member CBI team led by officer Rakesh Ranjan.

The CBI detained the Congress leader for interrogation this morning in the case. Gowda, a BJP leader from Dharwad, was allegedly murdered at his gym on June 15, 2016. The police had arrested seven persons in connection with the case, which was handed over to the CBI. In March, the agency had informed that it has nabbed six accused in the case.

Gowda, a Zila Panchayat member, was murdered on June 15, 2016 in a gym in Saptapur in Karnataka's Dharwad. The agency took over the probe on the recommendation of the Karnataka government on September 24, 2019.

The Police had registered a case against six accused, who are all residents of Dharwad. After taking over the investigation on September 24 last year, the CBI arrested eight persons, of whom seven are in judicial custody and one is out on bail.

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