Karnataka Home Dy Chairman dies by suicide

Bengaluru, December 29

Karnataka Legislative Council Deputy Chairman SL Dharme Gowda was found dead on a rail track in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka in the early hours of Tuesday, with police sources claiming he died by suicide.

Dharme Gowda (64), who was an MLC from the JD(S), is survived by his wife, son and a daughter. His brother, SL Bhoje Gowda, is also an MLC.

According to sources, Gowda had left his farmhouse at Sakharayapattana in a private car on Tuesday, but did not return home.

He had reportedly asked his driver to stay at a distance and went alone on the pretext of talking to someone, the sources said, adding that a suicide note has been recovered.

Dharme Gowda was at the centre of the high drama in the legislative council on December 15, which saw BJP-JD(S) and Congress members hurling abuses over a row pertaining to a no-confidence motion against Chairman K Pratapachandra Shetty. Gowda, who was on the Chairman’s seat, was pulled down by some Congress legislators who accused him of occupying the chair against the rules. — PTI

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