Police told to probe death of Yeddyurappa’s wife

Staff Reporter

Shimoga court seeks report in two months

BANGALORE: A magistrate court in Shimoga on Saturday directed the police to conduct an inquiry into a complaint seeking fresh investigation into the mysterious death of Maitra Devi, wife of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, in October 2004.

The order was passed by the Second Judicial Magistrate First Class, Shimoga, on a private complaint filed by advocate K. Sheshadri.

Maitra Devi was found dead in a water sump in their house in Shimoga.

The advocate had alleged that there was no need for Maitra Devi to go near the sump to collect water as there was a tap just outside it. Maitra Devi could also have taken the help of workers present in the house, the advocate said.

Despite being aware of the death of his wife, Mr. Yeddyurappa participated in an official programme at that time and had even claimed allowances for the same, Mr. Sheshadri said.

The magistrate directed the jurisdictional Dodpet police in Shimoga to submit a report to the court within two months.

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