Bengaluru : Four years after two bike riders shot dead author Gauri Lankesh, the special court under the Karnataka Control of Organized Crime Act (KCOCA) will begin the trial on May 27.

Lankesh was fired upon. Residence in Bangalore in 2017.

His sister Kavita Lankesh, a noted film producer, who is also an informer in the case, has been summoned in this regard by Special Court Judge Anil Bhimana Katti. He has also been directed to appear before the court on May 27.

Late Gauri Lankesh was known for her poignant attacks on Hindutva forces, especially the RSS. She was also involved in bringing Naxalites into the mainstream of the society. He was shot at his residence on September 5, 2017, sparking outrage against Hindutva forces across the country.

The government had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the murder. After investigation, the SIT had filed a charge sheet and named 18 accused in connection with the case. The police have arrested 17 people so far.

The police are yet to arrest Vikas Patel alias Nihal, who is the 18th accused in the case. The investigation found that accused Amol Kale was the main conspirator and another accused, Parashuram Waghmore, shot and killed Gauri Lankesh.

Amit Baddi, Ganesh Miskin, Amit Degwekar, Bharat Kurane, Rajesh D. Bangera, Mohan Nayak, Suresh HL, Sudhanva Gondalekar, Sharad B. Kalaskar, Vasudev B. Suryavanshi, Sujit Kumar, Manohar Yedve, Shrikant J. Pangarkar, KT Naveen Kumar and Hrishikesh Devdekar are the other accused persons and are presently in judicial custody.