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Big relief to K’taka BJP leader KS Eshwarappa, clean chit in contractor suicide case

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bengaluru: Police has given clean chit to Karnataka BJP leader KS Eshwarappa in the contractor suicide case. This is seen as a big relief for Eshwarappa, who had to resign from the ministerial post following allegations of suicide. Police has filed B report in the suicide case of contractor Santosh. Udupi Police has filed this report in the Public Representative Court.

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According to reports, the police has given a clean chit to Eshwarappa due to lack of evidence. Contractor Santosh Patil died under suspicious circumstances on 12 April 2022. He had accused Eshwarappa of demanding 40 per cent commission. Eshwarappa had denied these allegations, but resigned from the ministerial post after much pressure.

BJP veteran and Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa, embroiled in controversy over corruption allegations and alleged role in the suicide of a contractor, yesterday submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Before resigning, Eshwarappa had told his supporters not to worry as he would come back again.

On the other hand, in Shivamogga, Eshwarappa’s supporters protested against his ‘forced resignation’. While resigning, Eshwarappa had said that I do not want to create any trouble for my seniors and well-wishers in the party. That’s why I am resigning.

What were the allegations against Eshwarappa?
Panchayati Raj Minister Eshwarappa was accused by a contractor named Santosh Patil of demanding “commission”. After this Patil committed suicide. Patil’s body was found in the room of a private lodge in Udupi. Patil had accused Eshwarappa of corruption in a WhatsApp message. He also blamed Eshwarappa for his death. Patil, who describes himself as a BJP worker, had alleged that he had done a job in the RDPR department and wanted it to be paid, but Eshwarappa was demanding 40 per cent commission for the work of Rs 4 crore.

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