Padmapriya case to be handed over to CoD

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Bangalore, July 30 (UNI) The Karnataka Government today decided to hand over the sensational Padmapriya case to the Corps of Detectives (CoD), while the Opposition demanded a CBI inquiry into it.

Speaking at the Legislative Council, Home Minister V S Acharya rejected the Opposition demand and said the CoD was capable of doing a good job in this regard.

Not satisfied with his statement, the Congress members entered the well of the House and staged 'dharna,' following which the House was adjourned for a brief period.

The Opposition demanded a CBI inquiry stating that three States had been involved in the case as she travelled from Karnataka to Goa and then to Delhi.

Udupi and Mangalore Police had been conducting investigations into the case so far.

Padmapriya, wife of Udupi BJP MLA Raghupathy Bhat, went missing from her Udupi home on June 11 and was found hanging in an apartment in Dwaraka in New Delhi on June 15.

Preliminary investigations had revealed that a family feud might have resulted in her suicide.

The Legislator had alleged involvement of family friend Atul Rao in the incident. Mr Rao, who was arrested based on a complaint from Mr Bhat, is now under judicial custody. It was alleged that he had taken Padmapriya to Delhi on her request and arranged an apartment for her.

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