Cong leader booked for trying to intimidate Mysuru DC

Cong leader booked for trying to intimidate Mysuru DC

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-07-07 10:53 Mysuru: Congress leader K Marigowda, a close confidante of chief minister Siddaramaiah, has been booked for trying to intimidate Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru C Shikha on Sunday.An FIR has been filed at the Nazarbad Police Station based on the complaint by Shikha against Marigowda under IPC sections 143, 147, 504 and 353.The FIR and the escalation in the tug of war between the government and the DC over the transfer of tahsildar Naveen Joseph might delay the transfer of the DC out of Mysuru, said sources.According to sources, most top officials have been transferred out of the city on completing 3-4 years of service and Shikha, who will be completing three years as DC in the city in two months’ time, is likely to meet the same fate. The incident on SundayThe incident involving the DC occurred at Government Guest House in Mysuru where the chief minister was to take part in an Iftar party.Marigowda and two of his followers complained to the chief minister against Shikha stating that she had not relieved Mysuru tahsildar Naveen Joseph, who had been transferred to Yadgir. They even shouted slogans against her.Shikha reportedly told the chief minister that she cannot relieve the tahsildar without a replacement and also because he had to appear before a court in a contempt case. The IAS officer also said that four posts of tahsildars were vacant out of the sanctioned seven in the district and if another falls vacant, it will become difficult to run the administration.Later, as the CM left the venue and Shikha was proceeding towards her vehicle, Marigowda and two others shouted at the DC, reportedly trying to intimidate her. Sensing danger, Shikha’s gunman escorted her to the vehicle safely. The fight over a tahsildarAccording to sources, tahsildar Naveen Joseph earned the ire of Marigowd after he removed the encroachment worth a few crores of rupees on prime land in city on directions of Shikha.  Since Marigowda’s follower was the encroacher, an upset Marigowda brought pressure on the government and ensured that the tahsildar was transferred. The rise and rise of MarigowdaK Marigowda commands the respect of a large number of government officials in Mysuru district. Even some police officers do not think twice before saluting him in public.Coming from Beerihundi, a non-descript village in Mysuru taluk, Marigowda's was a meteoric rise in politics. Starting his political career as a gram panchayat member, he later became Mysuru taluk panchayat president, followed by vice-president and president of Mysuru Zilla Panchayat.His political success is attributed to his close association with his community patriarch and chief minister Siddaramaiah, to who he is utterly devoted. Even Siddaramaiah reportedly likes his company.Because of his access to the CM, many officials in Mysuru district started giving him ‘special treatment’, which he took for granted and started ordering them.Sources in the government say that most officials do not have guts to say no to Marigowda, be it with about awarding contracts, favouring someone or preventing legal action. Those who take him on meet the same fate as Naveen Joseph.Congress insiders say that he is like the ‘Deputy Chief Minister’ of Mysuru and his approval is required for everything, especially for transferring officials.