Sullia, Sep 28, 2023: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday passed a judgement convicting Dr Renuka Prasad, Director of the Academy of Liberal Education of Sullia and five others in the case of the murder of Prof A S Ramakrishna, Administrative officer of KVG Medical College. The murder took place on April 28, 2011.
The State Government had earlier filed an appeal before the High Court against the October 21, 2016 order of the Puttur’s 5th Additional Civil and Sessions Court that had acquitted seven accused including Renuka Prasad.
The High Court Divisional Bench led by Justice Srinivas Harish Kumar and G Basavaraja has declared six of the accused guilty. The others who were pronounced guilty are Manoj Rai, H R Nagesh, Vamana Poojary, Sharan and Shanker. Meanwhile the High Court has upheld the acquittal of the seventh accused H U Nagesh. The quantum of punishment will be announced on October 5.
It may be recalled here that Ramakrishna was hacked to death by the assailants near Ambatedka while he was on his morning walk on April 28, 2011. A resentment over division of responsibility among the brothers is said to be the reason for the murder.
Kurunju Venkataramana Gowda, the founder of KVG Academy of Liberal Education had entrusted the responsibility of the institutions by dividing responsibilities between younger son Renuka Prasad and elder son K V Chidananda. Ramakrishna was then the Administrative Officer of the medical college. Renuka Prasad reportedly believed that his father had entrusted the responsibilities between the two brothers based on Ramakrishna’s suggestion and also suspected that it was Ramakrishna who was managing the KVG Medical College on behalf of Chidananda. Renuka Prasad had then reportedly given supari to murder Ramakrishna.