At last, DySP Ganapathi’s suicide case that had caused a political turmoil in the State has been handed over to the CBI. The move came after the Supreme Court asked the state government to hand over the sensational case to the premiere investigating agency. The CBI is expected to complete the investigation in 40 days.
The CBI will investigate the case as per the SC’s orders and hence all documents in the custody of CID will be handed over to the CBI special crime branch at Chennai. With this, the Urban Development Minister KJ George, IPS officers Ashish Mohan Prasad, Pranab Mohanty and others, who were granted clean chit earlier by the CID will be subjected to inquiry, yet again.
The CBI director has written to the CID Karnataka to hand over the case along with all documents to their office at Chennai. CID chief Kishore Chandra is preparing to send the complete inquiry documents including the video that DySP Ganapathi had made, statements by his wife, son, brother, other officers and also the accused and it will reach CBI within a couple of days, reports Kannada Prabha, quoting sources.
The CBI will closely scrutinise all the documents, evidences, FIR and also the 'B' Report filed in the case. Then it will once again issue summons to all the accused and conduct inquiry. Later, it will submit its report to the supreme court. If the CBI finds that the investigation by the CID was just, then it may close the case. In case it finds any lapses in the investigation, it may appeal to the SC to order re-inquiry and this may prove tough days for minister George and two IPS officers, who were blamed by Ganapathy for his death. For, this may call for a fresh inquiry and also fresh FIR in the case.
It may be recalled here that following an appeal by Ganapathy's family members, the Apex Court had asked the CBI to take over the case on September 5. It has also asked the investigating agency to file a report within three months. According to that order, the CBI should have started the investigations. However, the case was not handed over from CID, till now as there was a delay in the official communication. There is only 40 days left to submit the report and the CBI will have to buckle up to complete the investigations.
It can be recalled that DySP Ganapathy had committed suicide at a lodge in Madikeri. Before ending his life, he had given an interview to a local news channel in Madikeri where he had blamed harassment by his senior officials and Minister KJ George. He had also said that they should be held responsible if anything happened to him. The case created a furore in the state government and the government handed over the case to the CID. However, the CID gave a clean chit to the trio stating there were no evidences to support the deceased officer's allegations against them.
However, this had not gone well with Ganapathy's family members. Questioning this, they had filed an appeal with the Apex Court. Inquiring into the appeal, the SC stated that the allegations made by Ganapathy against two senior police officers and Minister KJ George is of serious nature and cannot be brushed aside casually. Hence, the case has to be investigated through an independent agency, the court felt and asked the CBI to take over the case. The investigating agency has been given three months deadline to complete the investigations.
Meanwhile, it has been revealed by the Forensic Lab report that there has been serious loss of evidences after the CID took over the case. The missing evidences are massive to the tune of 2,500 photos, 57 messages, 100 e-mails, 145 PDF files, 791 text-files, 31 PPY files, 52 messages in Ganapathy’s mobile phone, 352 names and numbers of legislators, ministers and officers, 199 files in a Pen Drive of 16 GB capacity, 185 files in a pen drive of 8 GB capacity, 910 MS Excel files, call details of 31 calls made by minister, legislators, relatives of Central government minister and a pen drive at the spot of suicide. It is alleged that they have gone missing, after the CID took over the case.
Ganapathy’s family and relatives have expressed a doubt if an inquiry into the missing evidences will also be ordered into. Meanwhile, CID chief Kishore Chandra has said that all documents will be handed over to the CBI soon.