MYSURU: Former Zilla Panchayat president K Mari Gowda facing charges of intimidating Deputy Commissioner C Shikha is still absconding. Mari Gowda, a strong supporter of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been at large after the DC filed a compliant and is said to have knocked at the door of Mandya DC Ajay Nagabushan, husband of C Shikha with a request to mediate and settle for a compromise with Shikha.
Sources said that Ajay Nagabushan has not positively responded saying that law will take its own course.
With no scope for compromise, Marigowda is said to have moved a bail plea in High Court. He has switched off his cell phone and has not responded to phone calls from media houses.Meanwhile, the audio expressing displeasure on Siddaramaiah for denying him (Marigowda) ticket in Chamundeshwari constituency in 2013 polls is also making rounds in social media.Chamundeshwari Constituency JD(S) MLA G T Deve Gowda charged that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is in clutches of Marigowda.
Pressure mounts for arrest of Marigowda
Activists of various organisations have demanded arrest of K Marigowda who had intimidated DC C Shikha. Three days after the incident, the officials are yet to arrest him. “The government should give justice to Shikha by initiating stringent action against Marigowda,” Members of Kannada Janapara Shakthi Vedike said.
The State Women Commission chairperson Manjula Manasa has failed to take action on Marigowda and registered a suo moto case, added activists of Rajya Dravida Maha Sabha, who staged protest in front of the DC office.
Mysore District Revenue Employees Association president MV Geetha said ordinary officials were being targeted by high-profile officers.