Ganapathy suicide: Govt offers probe by HC judge, but opposition unrelenting

Ganapathy suicide: Govt offers probe by HC judge, but opposition unrelenting

Submitted by Rashmi on Wed, 2016-07-13 17:41 Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has given a clean chit to Bengaluru Development Minister K J George and the police officers M M Prasad and Mohanty. However, he has said that the circumstances leading to Ganapathy's suicide matter will be investigated by a retired High Court judge.The state government has ordered the CID to investigate the suicide of the DySP . But even before the investigation has begun, the Chief Minister gave a clean chit to his cabinet colleague George, who is facing the heat from the opposition.In his three-hour long reply to the discussion under rule 69 in the state Assembly, the Chief Minister rejected the demand of the opposition as well as the family members of deceased police officer Ganapathy to hand over the matter to CBI, saying it is not necessary. He also shot down the demand for dropping the Minister from his cabinet.He said action would be initiated against those who forced the officer to take the extreme step, after the CID completed its probe and submitted its report.“Our Police are capable enough to conduct such inquiry, there is no need for a CBI inquiry. Neither the senior officers nor the Government will interfere in the investigation, “he said.Defending Minister George, the Chief Minister said he was not vindictive as alleged. “In fact it was during his tenure as a home Minister that Ganapathy was promoted as DySP. He never tried to curtail or delay his promotion,”he said.On George’s visit to Mangaluru during the attack on Churches when Ganapathy was posted as Inspector in the coastal city, the Chief Minister said that had no bearing on the recent events.Describing George as an honest and professional politician, who never misused his office, Siddaramaiah said George always behaved very well with the officers.“Not a single officer, junior or senior has any complaints about him, “he said.Responding to the Chief Munister's defence of George, the opposition, both BJP and JD(S), raised slogan against the government and staged a dharna in the Well of the House. The BJP members threatened they would stage an overnight dharna in the House.To pacify the opposition, Siddaramaiah offered to institute an inquiry by a retired High Court judge and the report would be submitted within six months. However, the opposition appeared to be unyielding.The Leader of the opposition in the assembly, Jagadish Shettar, however, struck to his demand for sacking George, suggesting he could be reinstated after investigation, if he was found innocent.Meanwhile, several pro-Hindutva organisations and Kodava Samaja have called for bandh in Kodagu district, demanding action against George and senior police officers accused by Ganapathy as being responsible for his suicide.