Crime
He was arrested on December 7 last year on charges of hiring a contract killer to murder fellow journalist Sunil Heggaravalli.
Ravi Belagere with Sunil Heggaravalli.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has filed a chargesheet against journalist and editor of Kannada weekly 'Hai Bangalore' Ravi Belagere, who was arrested in December last year on charges of hiring a contract killer to murder a fellow journalist, Sunil Heggaravalli.

Police confirmed that the chargesheet was submitted to the 1st Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court.

CCB sleuths had arrested Ravi from his Padmanabha Nagar residence on December 7.

“The chargesheet has statements of the supari killer and sharp shooter, Shashidhar Ramachandra Mundewadi, to whom Belagere had allegedly given the supari. We have also enclosed the details of the weapons seized in connection with the case and the circumstantial evidence to prove that Belagere had asked Mundewadi to eliminate Heggaravalli, suspecting that the latter had an illicit affair with his second wife. The chargesheet is more than 400 pages,” an official said, speaking to The New Indian Express.

The CCB had apprehended Shashidhar on December 7 and he had allegedly confessed on being interrogated that he was hired by Ravi to murder Sunil. “On August 28, Shashidhar and his associate Viju Badiger had met Ravi Belagere. Belagere then handed over one gun, four live bullets and a knife, and asked them to kill Sunil. Belagere allegedly paid Rs 15,000 in advance for the killing,” a CCB official had said at the time.

Shashidhar is also the accused in three other murder cases, in 2006, 2013 and 2014.

In 2017, in September he was arrested in Maharashrat’s Miraj area under the Arms Act. He was out on bail when he contacted Tahir Hussain, who is a gun runner in Bijapur’s Indi taluk, the police said.