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Devi Shetty-led panel to probe IPS officer Madhukar Shetty’s death

A five-member committee of medical experts, led by cardiologist Devi Shetty, will look into the reasons for the death of Karnataka cadre IPS officer Madhukar Shetty, following suspicion expressed by his family and friends on whether he got the required medical treatment.

Based on the committee’s report, the government will decide whether there is a need for a judicial inquiry.

Madhukar Shetty, 47, considered an upright police officer, died at the Continental Hospital in Hyderabad on December 28, 2018. He was being treated for H1N1 while he was also believed to have suffered from cardiac complications.

The untimely death of the officer had raised many eyebrows.

The State government has constituted a committee of medical experts to look into the reasons for the death of IPS officer Madhukar Shetty following the suspicion raised by his family and friends on whether he had received the required medical treatment.

According to a notification issued recently by the government, the committee has been formed to find out if there is a need for a judicial inquiry into the death. The committee will find out if the 1999-batch officer got proper medical treatment before his death.

The five-member committee is led by cardiologist Devi Shetty. The government’s Medical Education Director P.G. Girish, who is also the convenor of the committee, told that at present, all the members of the committee were looking into the medical files related to Shetty. “After all the members go through the files, the committee will have a meeting to decide on the next course of action,” he said.

Shetty, known as an upright officer who fought against corruption, died at the age of 47 at Continental Hospital in Hyderabad on December 28, 2018. He was being treated for H1N1 and was also believed to have suffered from cardiac complications.

The untimely death of the officer raised many eyebrows, not just among his close associates but also in the police force. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a close associate of the deceased alleged that though Shetty was being treated for H1N1, he had tested negative for it later. He said the focus of the treatment should have been on the officer’s heart problem.

Madhukar, who was the son of journalist Vaddarse Raghuram Shetty, left a mark in whatever positions he held. He is remembered particularly for his efficient and tough handling of Karnataka Lokayukta’s inquiry into illegal mining in Ballari as the then Superintendent of Police with the Lokayukta.

After his stint with the anti-corruption ombudsman, Shetty went to the United States on a five-year sabbatical, during which time he obtained a Ph.D on public administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Albany.

After his return from the U.S., he was appointed Deputy Director of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad in January 2016 — a position he held till his death.

He had won the hearts of many as an officer. As SP of Chikkamagaluru, he even helped people who were finding it difficult to get widow/old age pension. In fact, a small village was named after him and the then Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta as “Gupta-Shetty village” in this district after both of them not only cleared encroachment of government land by a rich coffee planter, but also distributed the land to 32 landless Dalit families who had been evicted from a reserve forest area.

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