In a turn of events, two senior Mangaluru police officers probing the death of VG Siddhartha Hegde, the deceased chairperson and managing director of Coffee Day Enterprises were transferred on Thursday.

The officers, Mangaluru Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hanumantharaya — who were the investigating Siddharths’s suicide case — were transferred with immediate effect to Bengaluru and Davanagere respectively.

The two were part of the 11 Indian Police Service officers transferred Thursday.

Reportedly, A Subramanyeshwara Rao, who was earlier deputy inspector general (intelligence) in Bengaluru, would be replacing Patil.

Siddhartha went missing on Monday evening. On Wednesday morning, his body was found on the banks of the Netravati river.

He was the son-in-law of Bharatiya Janata Party leader SM Krishna.

As per reports, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday met with top police officials, including Director General and Inspector General of Police Neelamani N Raju.

BR Ravikanthe Gowda, heading the Special Investigation Team that is probing the multi-crore IMA scam, has also been transferred, but without any posting.

The Wenlock hospital, where Siddhartha’s body was sent for autopsy, hasn’t issued a report yet. The police will investigate the unnatural death of the CCD founder, once the report is issued.

A medical officer at the hospital said that the body is undergoing chemical analysis in multiple facilities in the state and only after the inputs from them, the report could be completed.


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