Karnataka Minister KJ George resigned hours after a court in Madikeri directed police to register a FIR against him and two top police officials in connection with the alleged suicide of Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Ganapathy.
The order by Additional Judicial Magistrate First Class Annapurneshwari came on a private criminal complaint filed by the deceased police official’s son Nehal Ganapathy requesting the court to direct the Kodagu police to take up the investigation against the minister and two officers for allegedly abetting his father’s suicide.
In his complaint, Nehal had said his father had made a “dying declaration” naming George and the two officers and their acts amounted to “abetting the commission of suicide.”
Ganapathy (51) was found hanging from the ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri on July 7, prior to which he gave an interview to a local TV channel, saying the minister and A M Prasad (IG-Intelligence) and Pranab Mohanty (IGP- Lokayukta) would be responsible “if anything happens to me.”
Coming under attack from the Opposition, which has been stalling Assembly proceedings since Monday last, the Karnataka government has constituted a judicial commission headed by K N Keshavanarayana to inquire into the alleged suicide.
The Opposition BJP and JDS have rejected the judicial probe and been insisting on a CBI inquiry and resignation of George.