Contractor death case: Karnataka minister says he will resign Friday

On Thursday, Congress staged a massive protest in the state capital demanding eshwarappa’s removal from ministership.

Karnataka Minister K S Eshwarappa (file photo)

Bengaluru: Karnataka minister K S Eshwarappa, who was booked along with two of his aides after a contractor who died by suicide named him in a note, said he will resign from his post Friday evening.

The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister was booked under section 306 (abetment to suicide) after the contractor, Santosh Patil, who had accused the minister’s associates of demanding a 40% commission in the Rs 4 crore work he had carried out for the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj department, was found dead at a lodge in Udupi district.

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In his purported suicide note, reportedly forwarded to his friends on WhatsApp, Patil had said, “RDPR minister KS Eshwarappa is solely responsible for my death. I am taking this decision, keeping my aspirations aside. I request with folded hands to our prime minister, chief minister, our beloved lingayat leader BSY and everybody else to extend a helping hand to my wife and kids.”

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Congress staged a massive protest in the state capital demanding Patil’s removal from ministership. Senior Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, D K Shivakumar, Siddaramaiah and several other party workers were detailed by the Bengaluru Police.

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