The CBI has registered a case of abetment of suicide against Karnataka Minister KJ George and two senior Karnataka police officials in connection with the suicide of Deputy Superintendent of Police MK Ganapathy.
Apart from George, who was then the state Home Minister and is now holding the portfolio of Urban Development, the police officers booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are Additional Director-General of Police (Intelligence) A.M. Prasad and Inspector-General of Police Pronav Mohanty.
The CBI’s move comes following Supreme Court’s September 5 directive to probe the death of the police officer. Ganapathy had hanged himself to death on July 7, 2016 in the state’s Madikeri.
In a television interview given hours before his death, Ganapathy had accused George, Prasad and Mohanty of harassing him. As per the court complaint filed by his son Nehal, his father died as he was being harassed by the three accused.
“The complainant expressed the suspicion about the death of his father and therefore, he had filed a written complaint before the police sub-inspector at the Kushal Nagar police station in Bengaluru on July 10, 2016. However, the police officer had allegedly refused to register the complaint,” said an official.
The CBI FIR quotes Nehal’s plea before the court stating that the three accused were influential persons and had used their power to ensure that there was no police action.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Karnataka unit President BS Yeddyurappa demanded that George resign immediately. “George should resign immediately. If he continues in power, he will destroy all the evidence. CID already gave him a clean chit,” he said.