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Nagappa's son-in-law joins Congress

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, MARCH 4. Even as the family of the former Minister, H. Nagappa, continues to be critical of the State Government for his death while in the custody of the brigand, Veerappan, his son-in-law, Kiran Patel, has joined the Congress.

Two days ago, the widow and the son of Nagappa said that they would remain in the Janata Dal (Secular).

The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, and the KPCC President, B. Janardhana Poojary, welcomed Dr. Patel into the Congress. Along with him, another person, Rajesh, said to be a journalist also joined the party. Asked whether he would withdraw the writ petition in the High Court pleading for a CBI probe into the death of his father-in-law, Dr. Patel said he would consult his advocate.

The reason given by him for joining the Congress was that he had come close to the truth regarding the death of his father-in- law after meeting the Chief Minister. In the last one and a half years there had been a communication gap between the family of Nagappa and the Government. To a question, he said the Government had made sincere efforts to secure the release of Nagappa from the custody of Veerappan.

He denied that there was any difference of opinion in the family of the former Minister on its attitude towards the Government. "We remain united," he claimed.

The Chief Minister said he was touched by the reply given by Dr. Patel. Mr. Poojary said Dr. Patel and Mr. Rajesh had a clean image and such persons were welcome in the Congress. "They are unlike the former Chief Minister, S. Bangarappa." Asked whether Dr. Patel would be fielded in the Assembly elections, Mr. Poojary said it was for the party High Command to decide on that.

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