The physique of the Karnataka Legislative Council’s deputy chairman, SL Dharmegowda, was discovered on railway tracks at Gunasagar village of Kadur Taluk in Chikmagalur district within the early hours of Tuesday, simply two weeks days after he was manhandled throughout a particular session of the council.
In line with the preliminary probe by the police, 65-year-old Dharmegowda, who belonged to the Janata Dal (Secular), appeared to have died by suicide, and an alleged demise notice discovered close to his physique was being examined.
Dharmegowda was on the centre of an issue within the state council, which convened on December 15 for a one-day session, throughout which the JD(S) and the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) tried to dislodge chairman Prathapchandra Shetty of the Congress by bringing in a no-confidence movement. Dharmegowda was manhandled when he tried to preside over the proceedings; Shetty later stepped in to reject the movement citing procedural lapses.
Former state chief minister HD Kumaraswamy recommended that the incident was the rationale behind the demise, which he described as a “political homicide”.
“He was greater than a brother for me. He was very damage by the best way he was handled by some members through the current council proceedings and felt humiliated. It’s not suicide, however political homicide,” Kumaraswamy alleged.
Siddaramaiah rejected Kumaraswamy’s competition whereas condoling the demise. “Dharmegowda was a private pal. His father Lakshmaiah, who was a legislator, was well-known to me; your complete household was near me. One has to look who compelled him to sit down (within the council chairman’s chair),” Siddaramaiah mentioned.
Cops accustomed to the preliminary investigation mentioned the circumstances and sequence of occasions resulting in his demise recommended that Dharmegowda ended his personal life.
Talking on situation of anonymity, they mentioned that Dharmegowda requested his official gunman and escort to not accompany him as he left his dwelling in Shakaryapatna in a Santro automotive along with his driver on Monday night. They drove to Gunasagar, round 19 km away, at round 6pm, and Dharmegowda later requested his driver, Dharmaraj, to attend at a distance as a result of he needed to meet somebody. However he later modified his thoughts and requested the driving force to return.
The individuals cited above mentioned his final name was to a pal named Hemant through the name, Dharmegowda made enquiries about practice timings.
When Dharmegowda didn’t return dwelling at evening, fearful members of the family alerted authorities, who mounted a search. By then, his cellphone was switched off, however primarily based on his final cell-tower indicators, they searched and positioned his mutilated physique on the Mankenahalli railway tracks.
Police despatched the physique for an post-mortem at McGann Hospital in Shivamogga, and Gowda was later buried on the household’s Madagadakere farmhouse in Shakaryapatna.
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa, chief of opposition in meeting Siddaramiah, state Congress president DK Shivakumar, and JD(S) chief and former PM Deve Gowda expressed shock and condoled the demise of Dharmegowda.
Yediyurappa flew to Kadur to play his final respects. “The complete state is shocked by the demise. I pray to god to provide his household energy to face this,” he mentioned.
Former PM Deve Gowda broke down whereas speaking about Dharmegowda. “It’s surprising to study the information of deputy speaker of state legislative council and JD(S) chief SL Dharmegowda’s suicide. He was a relaxed and first rate man. This can be a lack of the state.”
Dharmegowda got here from an influential political household. His father SR Lakshmaiah was a three-time MLA from the Birur meeting constituency, and Dharmegowda too gained that seat in 2004. His brother SL Bhojegowda can be an MLC.
Talking to HT, Bhojegowda mentioned: “There have been no private or monetary causes for him to take this excessive step. He was upset about what had occurred [in the council]. I and different social gathering leaders had instructed him to not take issues to coronary heart as these are frequent in politics, however he appears to have taken it very significantly.”