New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a piece of shocking news, the body of Karnataka Legislative Council Deputy Speaker, SL Dharmegowda, a Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) leader,  was found on a railway track near Kadur in Chikkamagaluru district, at around 2 am on Tuesday, news agency ANI reported. According to the police, a suicide note has been recovered and further investigation to found any foul play is underway.  

Reacting to the shocking development, former PM and JDS leader HD Deve Gowda expressed grief and termed it as a loss to the state. "It is shocking to learn the news of Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Council and JDS leader SL Dharmegowda's suicide. He was a calm and decent man. This is a loss of the state," HD Deve Gowda said. 

SL Dharnegowda was recently in the news during the altercation between the opposition Congress leaders and ruling government's leaders in Karnataka State Legislative Council. SL Dharmegowda was trying to chair the session illegally, but the Congress leaders manhandled him and dragged him off from the seat of the Chairman. 

The Congress alleged that Dharmegowda, who was JD-S member joined hands with the BJP to unseat the existing Chairman and Congress leader Pratap Chandra Shetty unconstitutionally. 

"BJP and JDS made the Chairman sit in the Chair illegally when House was not in order. Unfortunate that the BJP is doing such unconstitutional things. Congress asked him to get down from the Chair. We had to evict him as it was an illegal sitting," Congress MLC Prakash Rathod said.  

The altercation took place after the house was adjourned sine die on December 10. However, the council was convened for a day by the government, accusing the Chairman K Pratapachandra Shetty of "abruptly" adjourning the session, on December 15. As the House met for the day, SL Dharmegowda of JDS occupied the Chairman's seat, which angered the Congress MLCs who rushed to the chair demanding that he vacate it.

Posted By: Talib Khan