An FIR has been registered against Urban Development Minister and two other police officers in connection with the suicide of DySP Ganapathy. The FIR has been registered by CBI officers from Chennai who have started the investigations, after the Supreme Court handed over the case to CBI. The investigation comes at a time when legislative assembly elections are round the corner signalling a fierce fight between Congress and BJP, reported Kannada Prabha.
Minister K J George has been made the first accused followed by senior IPS officers Pranav Mohanthi and AM Prasad as second and third accused. The Supreme Court had handed over the case to CBI in September. Ganapathy's son Nehal Ganapathy registered a case with the CBI and the investigations have started.
George said that he does not know under what aspect the CBI registered the FIR and he would respond after it is submitted. If the CBI has registered the FIR based on the old complaint by Nehal Ganapthy then it should be noted that Nehal did not question the B Report at all. Since it’s a baseless case there is no question of submitting my resignation. If I had to submit resignation every time BJP demands by now I should have resigned 100 times. There FIRs against Yeddyurappa too, has he resigned? he asked.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has decided not to seek resignation from KJ George on account of the FIR filed against him in DySP Ganapathy’s suicide case. Siddaramaiah was at the assembly when the news of FIR reached him and immediately he held talks with George and Minister Dr HC Mahadevappa in his chamber.
During the talks it is said that Siddaramaiah assured George that several ministers have not resigned though FIRs are filed against them. There is no rule that a minister should resign if an FIR is filed against him or her. This is a political shell game and hence the government and the Party would stand by him, CM assured.
Siddaramaiah spoke to a senior officer and inquired how long it would take to register the FIR and was answered it would take several months. It was decided to wait for CBI to register the FIR and start the investigations. Currently no matter what BJP tries the Party will face it politically and not give in to pressure tactics, sources said.
Speaking to newspersons after the meeting Siddaramaiah said it has come to his notice that CBI has filed the FIR and he would respond tomorrow after getting the details. When asked BJP has decided to protest against the government from tomorrow, he said FIR was filed against Yeddyurappa also, he is an MP and president of a Party, did he resign, he questioned back.
Meanwhile, the BJP which had stopped its agitation against George has decided to take it up again and fight for his resignation. B S Yeddyurappa has demanded that either George should resign or the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah should expel him. Speaking at an emergency press meet on Thursday, Yeddyurappa said if George continues as the minister there are possibilities of him destroying the evidences.
The State Government handed over the case to CID and got a clean chit to the Minister. But now that the SC has handed over the case to CBI George should resign immediately or the Chief Minister should expel him. If the CM or minister take light of SC order the public will know, he said.
Leader of the Opposition Jagadish Shettar said George should not continue as a minister and warned of statewide protest. K S Eshwarappa asked George had resigned when the case was handed over to CID, why has he not resigned when it is handed over to CBI?