Kannada Actor Arrested for Alleged Role in Murder Over Obscene Texts

Bengaluru: Popular Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa, 47, was arrested from his farmhouse in Mysore and taken to Bengaluru by police. He is implicated in the murder of Renuka Swamy, a 33-year-old man whose body was found in Bengaluru on June 9. Swamy, an employee of a pharmacy company, allegedly posted obscene messages on social media about Pavithra Gowda, Darshan’s co-star and close friend. Gowda has also been questioned regarding the murder.


  • Swamy was from Chitradurga, Karnataka, over 200 km from Bengaluru.
  • B Dayanand, Bengaluru police chief, indicated that initial evidence pointed to objectionable messages sent to Darshan’s girlfriend.
  • Residents alerted police after stray dogs were seen dragging Swamy’s body from a drain; the body bore injury marks.
  • Multiple suspects were arrested, leading to Darshan’s detention based on their confessions.

Darshan’s Involvement:

  • Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara stated that Darshan’s name emerged during suspect interrogations.
  • Police are investigating whether Darshan was directly involved in the murder or part of the plot.
  • Nine others have also been arrested in connection with the case.

Security and Background:

  • Tight security has been provided at Darshan’s RR Nagar residence in Bengaluru.
  • Known as “Challenging Star,” Darshan debuted in the 2002 film “Majestic” and is famous for roles in films like “Anatharu” (2007), “Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna” (2012), and “Kaatera” (2023).
  • Darshan has faced past controversies, including allegations of domestic abuse about a decade ago.

Victim’s Family:

  • Swamy’s family is distraught, with his father, Srinivasaiah, seeking justice, stating Swamy was his only son who got married last year.

This summary provides an overview of the arrest of Darshan Thoogudeepa in connection with a murder case involving obscene texts, investigation details, and background information on both Darshan and the victim.

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