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Shadakshari hosted a dinner party recently

District Congress Committee complained

to the Deputy Commissioner

Mr. Pandey constituted special inquiry committee and based on its report took action

Shimoga: Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer Pankaj Kumar Pandey on Monday suspended Shadakshari, the personal assistant to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, for allegedly violating the model code of conduct. Mr. Shadakshari is a second division clerk in the Department of Education and is now deputed as the personal assistant to the Chief Minister.

The District Congress Committee had complained to Mr. Pankaj Kumar Pandey that Mr. Shadakshari hosted a dinner party for teachers of government schools and colleges and for the employees of the Department of Education at St. Thomas Community Hall in the Mission Compound here recently to celebrate his promotion.

About 1,500 people, including the Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board D.H. Shankarmurthy and the former Shimoga MP Ayanur Manjunath attended the party. It is alleged that Mr. Shadakshari used the situation to canvass for Mr. Yeddyurappa’s son B.Y. Raghavendra, who is contesting from the Shimoga Lok Sabha constituency.

The District Congress Committee complained to the Deputy Commissioner about the violation of the model code of conduct and sought action against Mr. Shadakshari and other government employees, including Eshwaraswamy, the principal of the government junior college at Anaveri in Bhadravati taluk, who not only attended the party but also helped in organising the dinner party.

On receiving the complaint, Mr. Pandey constituted a special committee to conduct the inquiry. Later, based on the recommendations of the inquiry committee, Mr. Pandey suspended Shadakshari.

The president of the District Congress Committee, R. Prasannakumar, thanked Mr. Pandey for acting swiftly on the complaint.

However, he expressed surprise that action was taken only against Mr. Shadakshari while no action was taken against other government officials including the principal of the government junior college at Anaveri.