Investigate council dy chief’s death: Lok Sabha speaker | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A day after Karnataka legislative council deputy chairperson SL Dharmegowda was found dead on a railway track in Chikkamagaluru district, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday called for a high-level probe through an independent agency into his death.
Birla said in a tweet he was distressed by the news. “The unfortunate incident in the House, when he was in chair, is a serious attack on democracy. It is the duty of all of us to safeguard the prestige of legislative bodies and dignity and freedom of presiding officers,” he said.
According to railway police, the JD(S) legislator’s body was found on the railway track near Gunasagara in Kadur taluk of Chikkamagaluru district, which is his hometown, on Tuesday.
Gowda was in the news recently after Congress members pulled him out of the chair in the ruckus over a no-confidence motion against the chairman in the Upper House on Dec 15. Gowda was elected deputy chairperson in 2018.
Min: Govt will examine need of high-level probe
The Lok Sabha speaker’s tweet could compel the state government to order a high-level inquiry into the incident.
Law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhuswamy said the government will certainly examine the need of a high-level inquiry. However, some of his cabinet colleagues said there was no need since Dharmegowda had reportedly left a note.
Council chairman Prathap Chandra Shetty told TOI
the ball is now in the state government’s court as it is out of his purview. “As far as the council is considered, we have formed a committee of legislators to inquire into incidents of that day. For a high-level inquiry, it is out of the council jurisdiction and up to the state government to take a decision,” said Shetty. JD(S) MLC KT Srikante Gowda said the government should heed Birla’s suggestion.
Opposition leader in the legislative council, SR Patil, said the state government should first file a case of abetment to suicide against the legislators and members of the BJP and JD(S) because they had allegedly forced him to sit on the chair in violation of all the rules and procedures of the house.
Revenue minister R Ashoka said council ruckus and death of the deputy chairman must serve as a reminder to all politicians to protect integrity of the chair. “The truth will come out after the police inquiry,” he said.

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