Bengaluru : The Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka on Wednesday ordered a judicial probe into the suicide of DySP MK Ganapathi. But an angry Opposition rejected the proposal and decided to hold a night-long dharna in the well of the House till minister KJ George resigns.
Making a statement in the Assembly, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the Government has decided to hold a judicial probe headed by a retired high court judge and the report would be submitted in six months. He rejected a CBI probe saying he had full faith in the police force in the State.
But the BJP and the JDS stormed into the well of the House which had to be adjourned. Later, BJP leaders Jagdish Shettar and Eswhwarappa said the move by Siddaramaiah to order a judicial probe was only to protect city development minister KJ George who was named by DySP Ganapathi in his TV talk before he committed suicide.
The BJP held a dharna in the Assembly on Wednesday night and party leaders said they will not end the dharna till George is dismissed and a CBI probe ordered into the suicide of Ganapathi. Making a statement, JDS party president Kumaraswamy said the Siddaramaiah govt was arrogant and wants to protect George. Earlier, pandemonium broke out in the Assembly death as a united Opposition demanded a CBI probe into the suicide of Ganapathi. The Opposition wants the government to consider Ganapathi’s TV interview as dying declaration. Ganapathy, who committed suicide in a lodge in Madikeri last week, gave an interview to a private TV channel, where he explicitly named George and two senior police officials Pranab Mohanty and Ashit Mohan Prasad as responsible for ‘any untoward incidents’ that happen to him. Within an hour of giving this interview, he hanged himself at the lodge. Legal experts say that this interview is nothing but a dying declaration and hence an FIR is mandatory. Ganapathy’s wife and son have submitted a written complaint seeking such an FIR against George, Mohanty and Prasad.