Facing EC heat, CM advisor Kempaiah exits Soudha

BENGALURU: Mr M Kempaiah, former IPS officer and close aide of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, now serving as security adviser to the home minister, has reportedly stopped attending office in the wake of a letter dispatched by the Election Commission to chief secretary, K. Rathna Prabha, seeking information about the nature of his appointment and other details.

Official sources said Mr Kempaiah stopped attending office soon after the Election Commission’s letter landed in the chief secretary’s office.

On Thursday, JD (S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda, whose party took the initiative to draw the attention of the Election Commission to the role of advisers in violation of the model code of conduct, announced he will meet Chief Election Commissioner, O.P. Rawat. Mr Gowda has made known his intentions to discuss the issue of officers reportedly hand-picked by the government for key posts, in violation of the model code of conduct.

The Chief Secretary could not be reached for comment.

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