Karnataka govt appoints retired judge to probe suicide of DySP Ganapathy

The decision to set up a judicial probe into the suicide of Ganapathy comes two months after a CID probe cleared minister K.J.George and two senior police officials


A file photo of K.J. George. Photo: AFP
A file photo of K.J. George. Photo: AFP

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has appointed retired high court judge, justice (retd) Keshavanarayana to probe the suicide of deputy superintendent of police (DySP) M.K.Ganapathy in July this year.

The decision to set up a judicial probe into the suicide of Ganapathy comes two months after a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe cleared Bengaluru district in-charge minister K.J.George and two senior police officials named by the deceased in an interview hours before he took his own life.

Opposition parties had cried foul over the clean chit and alleged that the CID enquiry was an eyewash and a ploy to get George—who is considered close to the Congress high command—back into the cabinet.

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George was not immediately available for comment.

On 7 July, Ganapathy gave an interview to a local TV channel in Kodagu district naming George and two senior police officials—IGP Pronab Mohanty and ADGP A.M. Prasad—of harassing him.

George—who has claimed innocence in the matter—was forced to resign from his post later in July after a court in Madikeri (Kodagu) directed the police to file a first information report (FIR) against the minister and two police officials named by the deceased.

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