Karnataka’s Minister of State KSEshwarappa has been involved in a major controversy over the suicide of a contractor who accused him of corruption in his last phone message. Opposition parties have demanded arrest for a “40% reduction gold scandal.”
The incident involved civil engineering contractor Santosh Patil, 37, who allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday. His body was found at a lodge in Udupi.
In a WhatsApp message to his friends and top government leaders, Santosh Patil nominated Mr. Eshwarappa and stated that he was “alone responsible” for his death.
“I have made this decision and set my aspirations aside. To my wife and children, I have joined hands with the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister, the beloved Ringayat leader BSY (former Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa), and everyone else. I ask you to reach out for help, “the contractor wrote in his final message.
Eshwarappa, Minister of Rural Development in the Karnataka Cabinet, is guilty of driving Santosh Patil to suicide. His companions, Basavraj and Ramesh, have also been nominated in the FIR (First Information Report) filed in a complaint by the Santosh Patil brothers.
What did Santosh Kumar insist on?
Santosh Kumar demands 40% “cut money” or fees to settle his 400 million rupee invoice for work done by the minister and his associates for the rural development and Panchayati department. I accused him of doing it.
His brother, Prasant Patil, states in his complaint that Santosh Patil has won a contract to build roads, stormwater drains and pavements in the village of Hindalga.
Mr Patil said the minister gave him a go-ahead and urged him to start work without worrying about the budget.
Santosh Patil invested his money in the project and the invoice for the work was unpaid. The contractor claimed that he had visited Minister Eshwarappa several times and begged him to give him money.
However, his aides, Basa Baraj and Ramesh, alleged that they were demanding a 40 percent fee.
The minister said Santosh Patil only claimed he had completed his work. He released a division letter on March 28, stating that no work instructions were given.
Did someone informally ask Santosh to take on the job? Why was the project verbally commissioned?
What is BJP’s core leadership doing?
The center’s BJP is “dissatisfied” with allegations of corruption, and many leaders claim that the party has a zero-tolerance policy against corruption.
Eshwarappa may be asked to stop the allegations, sources say.
Santosh Patil wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Basabaraj Bonmai.
Will Eshwarappa resign?
The minister said, “I will never resign.” “If they want my resignation, I won’t give them a resignation,” he insisted.
Eshwarappa asked how to treat WhatsApp messages like a suicide note. He pointed out that no actual notes were found near the body.
On suspicion that he sought a portion of Santosh Patil’s income, the minister said: (Sandeep) Patil wanted a non-normative payment-how can I release the payment without work instructions? “
“Murder, not suicide”: Congress
Parliament said corruption cases must be investigated “beyond Eshwarappa.”
“It was a murder, not a suicide,” said Congressional leader DK Shiva Kumar.
Former Prime Minister Siddragia, another parliamentary leader, noted that in 2017 former Interior Minister KJ George faced a similar allegation.