Bengaluru: BJP state President B.S.Yeddyurappa has welcomed the Apex Court verdict ordering a CBI probe into DySP M.K. Ganapathy’s suicide case.
The former CM also demanded the resignation of Bengaluru Development minister K.J. George, who was accused of driving the police officer to commit suicide.
" I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. For conducting an impartial inquiry, minister K.J. George should resign, if he is not willing to step down, Chief Minister Siddaramiah must dismiss him immediately. Also the chief minister must suspend senior police officials, A.M. Prasad and Pronab Mohanty, who allegedly harassed Ganapathy", Mr Yeddyurappa said.
"The BJP stand has been vindicated following the order of the Supreme Court. Since his mysterious death, we have been demanding a CBI inquiry and dismissal of Mr George. We strongly suspect that Ganapathy committed suicide due to pressure from Mr George and senior police officials", Mr. Yeddyurappa remarked.
"Ganapathy has named Mr George and additional DGP, A.M. Prasad and Lokayukta IGP Pronab Mohanty, in the death note. However, the CID had given a clean chit to the minister and the concerned police officials. We had also given proof that the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report has been tampered with by the CID to give a clean chit to Mr George", said Mr. Yeddyurappa.
The former CM also announced that the BJP will wait for two days for a positive reaction from the state government .
"If our demands are not met, we will launch a state-wide agitation and a protest against the Congress government", Mr Yeddyurappa warned.
Family: Finally, we will get justice
Family members of former DySP M.K. Ganapathy were a relieved lot after the top court ordered a CBI probe 14 months after his body was found hanging at a lodge in Madikeri, Kodagu.
Maachaiah, brother of Ganapathy said, "We do not have enmity with anybody, neither the government nor anyone else. Ganapathy was honest throughout his career. He would not have taken a decision to kill himself. If at all he had committed suicide, what was the reason, who were behind it? And we wanted to know what kind of harassment he faced and from whom, to take such a decision to end his life. I am sure we will get all answers with the CBI probe ordered. This is not a victory yet, but the Supreme Court's order has brought us new hope. The CID investigation lost its direction at the very beginning. Initially, though CID officers opined that there was a conspiracy, later they submitted a B Report. So our father, 76-year-old Kushalappa filed a case in the Supreme Court. Jayanth Bhushan brother of Prashanth Bhushan fought the case in the top court.”
The body of Ganapathy was found hanging at Vinayaka lodge in Madikeri on 7th July 2016. Prior to his death, he gave an interview to the electronic media in which he accused former minister K.J. George and two senior police officers Pranab Mohanthy and A.M. Prasad....