Bangalore: A senior
Karnataka government official who was brutally assaulted May 15
for exposing scams in house-building cooperative societies and was
on life support at a hospital here died Sunday, police said.
S.P. Mahantesh, 48, passed away early Sunday, deputy commissioner
of police B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda told reporters.
However, the police are yet to arrest any of the attackers. "We
have got vital clues," Gowda said.
Mahantesh, a Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) officer, was
working as deputy director of the audit branch of the state's
Mahantesh's family members told reporters that he had exposed
large-scale irregularities in several house-building societies in
allotment of plots to senior officials and politicians.
Around 80 house-building cooperative societies in the state, most
of them in Bangalore, are now under government scanner for
Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda expressed shock and regret at
Mahantesh's death and said police had formed four teams to nab the
Mahantesh was assaulted on the night of May 15. Doctors at the
private hospital where he was under treatment said he had suffered
severe internal head injuries. He was on life-support for the last
Police said Mahantesh was found unconscious by some auto drivers
near a hotel after the attack and police admitted him to hospital.