The former MLA and Janata Dal (Secular) leader, H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda, and his driver suffered cuts and bruises when his car rammed a Forest Department vehicle near the Silver Jubilee Park on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway here on Saturday morning.

According to sources close to Mr. Shankaralinge Gowda, the JD (S) leader was heading to Bangalore to meet Jameer Ahmed Khan and other leaders when the accident occurred. Immediately after the accident, Mr. Shankaralinge Gowda cancelled his visit to Bangalore and returned to Mysore in another vehicle.