Udupi: Bhaskar Shetty murder - All three main accused found guilty, awarded life imprisonment

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Jun 8: The cold-blooded murder of NRI entrepreneur from Indrali here, Bhaskar Shetty (52), had sent shock waves through the state. Shetty allegedly was killed, his body was cut into pieces and burnt on a platform meant for holding sacrificial fires. After prolonged hearing, the district and sessions court here pronounced its judgement in the case on Tuesday June 8. The court held three persons including the wife and son of the deceased as guilty of murder and awarded them life imprisonment. 

Bhaskar Shetty's wife Rajeshwari Shetty, son Navneet Shetty, and Nandalike-based astrologer Niranjan Bhat, have been held guilty by the court. The court has absolved Raghavendra Bhat, who was accused of destroying evidence, of this charge. The quantum of punishment was announced by district and sessions judge here, Subrhamanya J N.

L to R: Rajeshwari Shetty, Navneet Shetty and Niranjan Bhat, and Bhaskar Shetty

Raghavendra Bhat

Shantharam Shetty

Special public prosecutor, Shantaram Shetty, had argued the case on behalf of the prosecution.

Currently, the main accused Rajeshwari Shetty, is out on bail. Son Navvneet Shetty and Niranjan Bhat are lodged in Bengaluru prison. Niranjan Bhat's father, Srinivas Bhat, who was accused of destroying evidence, had died due to ill health during the pendency of the hearing. Raghavendra has been granted bail.

Speaking to media, lawyer for the accused, Pradeep Kumar said, “The entire allegation made by the prosecution against the accused is false as there is no evidence or eye witness. DNA reports also did not prove anything. Even though, they were convicted. We will definitely challenge this in the high court. As many as 79 witness were examined. Many supported the prosecution. As there is no physical evidence, we will go through online mode to the high court. The DNA report of the blood samples were matched with the deceased’s mother and not the accused. One bone which was collected is that of a lady. The blood stains which were collected have been identified as that of a lady. The body was also not recovered. Some documents which are created are there. The confession statement by accused cannot be prima facie evidence. It is a confession statement before the police and not before the judiciary. We will challenge this. I expect them to be acquitted.”

It may be recalled, on July 28, 2016, at around 3 pm, Bhaskar Shetty was murdered at his house at Indrali here. His body reportedly was burnt down in the altar meant for sacrificial fires and the police got evidence of the same. On July 31, Bhaskar Shetty's mother filed missing complaint of her son in Manipal police station. The police who investigated the case found out that Bhaskar had been murdered. On August 7, Rajeshwari and Navneet were arrested. Niranjan Bhat had been arrested the next day. 








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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Wed, Jun 09 2021

    bail shouldn't be allowed if proven guilty for crimes like murder, rape , fraud.

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  • gerald, mangalore

    Wed, Jun 09 2021

    Good Result, Justice has been done,

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  • Eustace, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Life sentence for this brutal killing and making pieces and burning in the "homa-kunda" of the dead body. It is a heinous crime. All should have been sent to death. But, in this judgement, probably they will be acquitted by the higher courts. So, sad. Whoever followed this case knows, the murder is committed by these people.

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  • MTR, Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    God is great! Happy for Basker Shetty's mother Gulabi Shetty and her family.

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  • Daniel, Ujjodi/Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    High Court or Supreme court if the LAW is one how they can change it. Of course humans can change it by money power and political power. Their DEFENSE LIAR. want to get his money by fooling the judiciary system. That is why in so many cases people lost TRUST in judiciary system.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    People, Raghavendra AKA Raghu is a great 'Kombu Vadya' artist of Nandalike and Belman region....Could anybody tell me, why Police implicated him in this murder case and wasted 5 years of his life ???.... Now Udupi Police should compensate him by appointing him as 'Band Master' of Police Band of Udupi District Police.... What destroying evidence? Non-sense.... ...Tak...Takk...

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  • SUJIR PRAVEEN, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    good justice..

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    All the courts across may punish them or acquit them, but there is still no escape, from their conscious which will remind them every single day, every moment for the rest of their lives, especially when they spend time in jail, that they were responsible for the cold blooded murder. And then again there is definitely no escape from Gods wrath. May God provide peace to Late Bhaskers soul.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    This Lawyer who is defending the murderers needs to be boycotted in society and the justice is denied to common people due to these kind of dishonest greedy men. He must have got fees in lakhs to fight the case. First our entire centuries old criminal laws needs to be scrapped and introduce new laws with tougher punishments and penalties. Life in prison needs to be minimum 40 to 50 years for cold blooded murders of this type. How the justice for the soul of dead who was cut in pieces and burnt can be served with these kind of lawyers and justice system. Anyway it may take another 15 years in the high court and supreme court and the accused enjoy life till then.

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  • Meena, Australia

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Rule of law states the guilty also has the right for representation that is why it is innocent until proven guilty. The court does not work on sentiments. Boycotting lawyer is undemocratic and that is why even terrorist are given lawyers by the government to have a fair and equitable hearing.

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    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Well done, hats off to judiciary.Extra martial affair, murder and burning the body . What goes around comes around..

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  • Steve, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Crime patrol got a special episode

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Steve, Udupi, You are absolutely right. Crime Patrol will add one more feather to its cap.

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  • Gurka, mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    The defending lawyer should keep quiet now !! without remorse !! because of these system of law there are so many crimes are happening in and around the world !! however there is inner soul existed in everyone which cant betrays !! However their HALF life has gone to the DOGS !! I am happy about the verdict !! rest in peace Mr.Shetty.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Thank you judiciary.... System....

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  • S.F.H, Indian

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    I am enjoying this news with a turkish coffee..

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    they all can live together in jail happily forever ... till death do them part... especially the lady and the paramour...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    thou shalt not kill is a fundamental commandment. 10 commandments must b taught in elementary & high schools in every schools.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Murders have happened -- but ---This truly falls under the Rarest of Rare cases - also considering Udupi / Dakshina Kannada culture---

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  • Fernandes, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    After all what the woman gained? Just for lust, that to boy younger than her son age. What she can do with the money, property she got? Enjoy the rest of the life behind the bars by cursing self made deeds.

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  • Wilfred, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    also she should put in dark cell of jail with black tea and Ganji rice till the life end .

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  • Peter, Belman

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Finally justice is delivered. Great work by public prosecutor Mr Shantaram Shetty.

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  • Varun bhaktha, Mangalore/bangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Jaisa karni waisa barni Any how there are lot of loopholes in law, they have money they will move to high court and get bail in no time.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    About 6 years to get the judgement. By this standard, a long legal battle (High court, Supreme Court etc.) ahead, I am sure, we are easily 20 years away

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  • RSRB, Kundapura / Singapore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    But the joke is court wants government to act quick, fast and high pace...

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  • George, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    I wish to hear from the Rajeshwari, from herself to confess to the crime if committed. So also the Niranjan Bhatta to confess to the crime again, if it has been committed. The bigger issue is, the shock and the trauma underwent by the victim and his parents, relatives and friends. This too is not a smaller crime. Should be punished on all fronts.

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  • Nancy, Belman

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Everyone knew they are the ones. Court found now??? after 5 years??? OK, they have to collect evidence, proof, for that so many years??? After few months/years they will out of jail or hang till death or lifetime prison?

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  • Vishu, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Nancy, faisla der ayiii lekin dursut ayi… Bhasakaranna ki atma ko shanti aaj mili. Salman khan Bandra me gaadi nahi chalyata pata karne ko bhi bahut saal lagi thi.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    There is no end to human greed . Its difficult to strike a line and say this much is enough ...We want more and more ..ultimately forgetting that we are humans and need to be intelligent and aware at all times. Karma follows you ..better to languish in jail for the misdeeds . If possible come out as a better human being and serve society without much showoff.

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  • Blanca Pinheiro, Mapuca - Goa

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Still a long way to go for the final outcome.

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  • Kanaka Das, Kemman-Udupi

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Raghavendra Bhat, Niranjana Bhat, Srinivas Bhat why these doing this kind of business?

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  • Pankaj, Permude

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Religious leaders after all human beings. Money plays a pivotal role in each n everything. Some people are after minting money for family members. No one awares what's going back behind door. It's not one case...many cases around. All purva janmada karma. After death soul remain the same..only outer shields changes.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Add one more Bhat who's wife was found dead in Delhi, what happened to that case...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Kanaka Das UdipiDid you hear the story of Dlaila and Samson from old Bible?she made him to whole temple to shake and Temple was destroyed.Out of love man is in a stage to do anything for her.May be here too the same.she wanted money and money doesnt stink.I was eager to hear the end of this story.Onething is not sure.His wife was (Widow)on bail out.Now is she still or gone inside?Dreamt of luxury got but jail .Now they can marry.Anyway she is a officiell widow ne?

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  • madhyastha, aSsthana

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    If I were judge, Chatta to bhatta. Life to wife and son

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jun 08 2021

    Chatta to wife, life to batta and son would have been good!

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