Mysore Rakshana Vedike stages protest demanding immediate arrest of Marigowda; Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha says law and order has collapsed in CM’s hometown.
Public support poured in for Deputy Commissioner C Shikha who has been targeted by a person who claims to be the close confidante of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Mysuru Rakshana Vedike activists protested in front of the Mysuru Law Courts demanding the immediate arrest of Marigowda who allegedly abused Shikha.
Mysuru Kodagu Member of Parliament Pratap Simha too extended his support to the DC and said that law and order has completely collapsed in Mysuru where the land mafia was threatening the district’s highest officer.
According to the protesters, supporters and close associates of Siddaramaiah were exercising their influence on the administration and were targeting honest officers. They have demanded a free and fair administration and the Marigowda’s arrest.
“If a common man abuses a government servant, he is immediately arrested and sent to jail. Why this special treatment to Marigowda?” questioned Rakesh Bhat of Mysore Rakshana Vedike.
Speaking to reporters, Pratap Simha said: “In 2014, Rashmi Mahesh an honest IAS officer, was attacked by miscreants, a few months back VHP Leader Raju was murdered and now the DC has been intimidated by a person close to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The CM’s supporters are misusing power and influencing administration.”
FIR AT NAZARBAD POLICE STATION
An FIR has been registered at the Nazarbad Police Station based on the complaint by DC Shikha against Marigowda under IPC Sections 143, 147, 504 and 353.
Marigowda who is the former president of the Mysuru Zilla Panchayat, along with his two supporters allegedly intimidated the Deputy Commissioner at the Government Guest House where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had arrived to take part in the Iftaar party on Sundayevening.
Marigowda approached the CM and complained that DC Shikha had not relieved Mysuru Taluk Tahsildar Naveen Joseph though he has been transferred to Yadgir. The group also shouted slogans against the DC for not relieving the officer.
Explaining her stand to the Chief Minister, Shikha told him that the Tahsildar could not be relieved without a replacement and he had to appear before the court for a contempt case. Out of seven posts, four Tahsildar posts were vacant in Mysuru and if Naveen Joseph was relieved without replacement, it was difficult to run the administration, she told the CM.
The CM and Deputy Commissioner left the venue and when she was heading towards her vehicle to join the CM’s convoy, Marigowda and his supporters allegedly shouted at her and addressed her disrespectfully. Sensing trouble, Shika’s gunman escorted her to her vehicle.
The CM too left the place without a reaction. Shikha later went to the Nazarbad police station and lodged a complaint.
‘LAW WILL TAKE ITS COURSE’
Without directly commenting on the abuses hurled against her, DC Shikha told newsmen on Monday that law would take its own course. “I will not comment on the issue and it is true that I have lodged a complaint as Marigowda has no authority to question the government decisions and administrative issues. The Nazarbad police are investigating the issue,” she said.
THE REASON BEHIND INCIDENT
According to sources, as per the directions of Deputy Commissioner, Tahsildar Naveen Joseph had removed encroachments of prime land in the city worth crores of rupees. The land was allegedly occupied by Marigowda’s supporters and he had brought pressure on the government to transfer the officer to Yadgir, sources added.