Karnataka minister KJ George resigns after court orders FIR in cop suicide case

Hours before allegedly committing suicide, Ganapathi had in an interview to a local news channel named the trio for harassing him and held them responsible should anything happen to him in future

Karnataka minister KJ George resigned on Monday hours after a court in Kodagu district ordered police to file an FIR against him in connection with the alleged suicide of Deputy Superintendent of Police M.K. Ganapathi on 7 July.

“I have submitted my resignation letter to the chief minister (Siddaramaiah),” George told reporters in Bengaluru.

George was the Home Minister till 31 October, 2015 before he was made Bengaluru Development Minister. The Congress’ state unit president G Parameshwara replaced him.

Additional Judicial Magistrate Annapurneshwari ordered police in Madikeri to file the FIR against George, AM Prasad, Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence)  and Pranob Mohanty,  the Lokayukta (Ombdusman)  and an Inspector General of Police rank officer on a complaint filed by Ganapathi’s elder son Nehal under section 306 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The complaint is based on Ganapathi’s interview to a local news channel hours before he allegedly committed suicide in a lodge room in the hill town. He had  named the trio for harassing him and said they should be held responsible if anything happens to him in future.

Though local police had filed a case of unnatural death, the complainant petitioned the court to treat Ganapthi’s interview as his dying declaration and file an FIR against the trio.

Earlier, chief minister Siddaramaiah said in the Legislative Council that he would wait for the court order before responding to the demand of BJP leader KS Eshwarappa that George should be sacked or told to resign.