The suicidal death of contractor Santosh Patil triggered a controversy in Karnataka’s political circles. In his WhatsApp text, Patil blamed Karnataka minister KS Eshwarappa for forcing him to take such a harsh step.
Udupi Town Police have booked an abetment to suicide case against Rural Development and Panchayatraj Minister K S Eshwarappa after a Belagavi-based civil contractor, Santosh K Patil, was found dead in a lodge in Udupi on Tuesday.
The minister Eshwarappa, and his aides have been booked in the suicide of contractor Santosh Patil. An FIR has been filed against them in connection with the case. Eshwarappa has also been summoned by CM Basavaraj Bommai.
FIR against minister
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said, “An FIR has been registered against Eshwarappa. I’m taking all the information. I’ll talk to Eshwarappa on the phone, and I’ll summon him and talk to him as well. Now that FIR is registered, I’ll speak to him. “
The Chief Minister has briefed the high command on the FIR. According to the latest information, several ministers want Eshwarappa to resign. The Chief Minister and the party would take the call.
Opposition demands minister’s sacking
A Congress delegation, including DK Shivakumar and former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, meets with Karnataka Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot, demanding the sacking of state minister KS Eshwarappa over contractor Santosh Patil’s death.
On the complaint of Patil’s brother Prashanth, a case had been registered in Udipi against Eshwarappa and his friends. The deceased brother has blamed Eshwarappa for his brother’s death.
Prashant Patil said, “Eshwarappa is responsible for my brother’s death. He sought a bribe or commission from contractor Santhosh Patil. He then filed a defamation case. Patil had received threats too.
Before his death, Santhosh Patil sent a WhatsApp message to his friends, announcing his intention to commit suicide and blaming Eshwarappa for taking such an extreme step.
According to police, Santosh told his wife he was going on a picnic with his friends and left Belgaum on April 11. Following this, he went missing.
On Tuesday, Patil’s body was found dead in Udupi. His two friends were staying in the same building in another room.