However, the sleuths had recovered a book written by the founder of Sanathan Sanstha at Naveen Kumar's residence in Mandya. She also told the court that Kumar and an associate, Praveen, who is yet to be detained, have been identified so far for involvement in the murder.
This is the first arrest in the case after 55-year-old Gauri Lankesh, known as an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her home here on 5 September last year.
Kumar's lawyers told reporters that they opposed in the court any move to conduct brain mapping of the accused citing Supreme Court rulings which do not allow the test without the consent of the accused.
The court has postponed the hearing in this regard to March 12.
In an interview to Reuters in 2015, the members of the Sanatan Sanstha said they were preparing for the advent of a divine Hindu kingdom in India.
Six months after the murder of journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh, accused KT Naveen Kumar was arrested by the Karnataka Police on Friday. However, after Naveen's arrest, he has gone underground.
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Naveen also reportedly was familiar where Gauri Lankesh stayed in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar.
The accused hails from Birur town in Chikmagalur district, about 250 km west of Bengaluru, the police said. The radical outfit has been linked in Maharashtra in the murder case of rationalists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.
On Friday, a magistrate's court approved bail for Naveen Kumar in the Arms Act case. "Naveen also had a few links with people in Belagavi who are alleged to be arms dealers and it has led us to bring him there", a police source said.
Bhagawan is based in Mysuru.
THE special investigation team (SIT) probing the Gauri Lankesh murder case, feels there are many questions that need answers - including from where the live bullets and revolver were obtained. With Naveen in five-day custody, the SIT officials are taking him to Goa, Belguam and other parts of Karnataka for spot inspections.