Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday ruled out any action against Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K S Eshwarappa, against whom police have booked a case for abetting the suicide of contractor Santosh Patil, until preliminary inquiry is completed.
He said Santosh Patil’s suicide case will be thoroughly investigated and the truth will come out, and only based on the preliminary inquiry the government will decide on taking action against Eshwarappa.
“There is no interference of (BJP) high command on this issue, they have only obtained information, they don’t have any role in it. As I have said first time itself, action will be taken based on the preliminary inquiry, let the preliminary inquiry happen,” Bommai said in response to a question regarding the BJP high command’s decision on Eshwarappa’s future as Minister.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said, “Post-mortem has happened only late last night, investigation will begin now on. Based on the outcome of the investigation, we will decide. In my first day first reaction itself I have said that without preliminary inquiry there will be no action (against Eshwarappa).”
Asked whether the case will be handed over to any other agency for probe, the Chief Minister said, “preliminary investigation is going on (from police), let’s see based on it, what will happen.”
Resisting pressure on him to step down, Eshwarappa on Wednesday had maintained that he will not quit.
Santosh Patil, a Belagavi-based contractor was found dead in an Udupi hotel on Tuesday, weeks after accusing Eshwarappa, who is also a senior BJP leader, of corruption.
Contractor Santosh Patil’s death case | He ( Karnataka CM) wants to save his corrupt minister. I think he is also part of this whole process. If he wants to save face of BJP & his govt, then immediately arrest (KS Eshwarappa) & book a case of corruption: DK Shivakumar, Congress pic.twitter.com/ShJdXUoYak
— ANI (@ANI) April 14, 2022
In a purported suicide note in the form of a WhatsApp message, Patil has blamed Eshwarappa for his death.
Based on a complaint filed by Patil’s relative, Udupi town police have booked Eshwarappa for abetting the suicide.
Responding to Congress leaders planning to gherao him over corruption charges against the government and demanding Eshwarappa’s removal, Bommai said that the principal opposition party doesn’t have any moral rights, as he also accused them of playing politics on the issue.