DH News Service, http://www.deccanherald.com/DeccanHerald.com/Content/Jun172008/national2008061773926.asp?section=updatenews
Bangalore:Home Minister V S Acharya has come under severe criticism fromOpposition parties over the mysterious death of Padmapriya, wife ofBJP MLA Raghupathi Bhat. Both the Congress and JD(S) have beendemanding his resignation for "mishandling" of the case. But Acharya strongly defended himself saying, "the home ministercannot resign for every suicide case in the State." He also said hehas done his duty well.Excerpts of a brief interview with Dr Acharya:
Deccan Herald: Opposition parties are demanding your resignation. Whatdo you have to say?V S Acharya: I have done my duty. The police also have done a good jobin tracing the whereabouts of Padmapriya in 24 hours. It's veryunfortunate that she committed suicide before the police could reachher place in Delhi. Should a home minister resign for every suicide case in the State? I might have become home minister only now. But Ihave seen several cases like this.DH: What is the role of Atul in the case and where is he now?Acharya: I do want to comment anything on the investigation.DH: Where did the investigating agency go wrong?Acharya: The police did not go wrong at all. They have done a laudablejob. It is because of their hard work that her whereabouts were tracedquickly.DH: But police on Saturday said she was traced in Malur of Kolardistrict and that she is on her way to Mangalore.Acharya: Nobody in the government said it. I did not confirm it. Itwas just a rumour. I only said a good news may come. Yes, I waspositive and hopeful that the case will see a happy ending.DH: Do you see any foul play in the entire case?Acharya: I cannot say anything at this stage. Investigation is still on and we will all know the truth very soon. It is because of apro-active media that people are being misled. The media should learnto co-operate with the investigating agency.DH: Why didn't Raghupathi Bhat file missing complaint for the initialtwo days though he knew his wife was missing?Acharya: No. He had informed me about his wife's missing on June 13 at1 pm. Lodging a complaint doesn't necessarily mean that one should doit going in person to a police station. It can be done over phone also.
also read...Relatives angry with unconfirmed baseless media allegations: http://www.gulfkannadiga.com/news-9270.htmlGood media practice by Vijaya Karnataka...self imposed code of conduct on reporting...