Bengaluru: The reinstatement of K.J. George, the controversial legislator from Sarvajna Nagar, into the state cabinet has threatened to derail the political truce Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah managed to strike for the resolution on the Cauvery issue.
George, former home minister and later Bengaluru district in-charge minister, was forced to resign over his alleged role in the suicide of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) M.K.Ganapathy in July.
“It looks like the chief minister had decided to induct George even before the completion of the CID (Criminal Investigation Department ) report. Now one can surely say that the CID had prepared the B report (closure report) even before the commencement of the enquiry," G. Madhusudhan, state BJP spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday.
Opposition parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S), have questioned the motive of the government to reinstate George before the CID completes its probe in the case.
The suicide of Ganapathy had led to state-wide protests demanding the ouster of George and the opposition demanding that the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a demand turned down by Siddaramaiah, Mint reported on 19 July.
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Y.S.V. Datta, JD(S) spokesperson and legislator from Kadur, said that the CID report was not “comprehensive" and was only for “convenience".
Political parties have alleged that George’s reinstatement stems from his proximity with the Congress high command and his “minority card".
The CID, in its ‘B’ report (closure report) had given a clean chit to George and two senior police officials—IGP Pronab Mohanty and ADGP A.M. Prasad—of harassing him over the years, The Hindu reported on 18 September.
In a television interview on 7 July given to a local channel in Madikeri (Kodagu), Ganapathy had named George and two senior police officials of harassing him over the years and also stating that the three should be held responsible should something happen to him.
Madhusudhan said that George’s induction into the cabinet within two months of his forced exit “speaks of the volume of pressure Siddaramaiah was undergoing".
Mint reported George’s imminent reinstatement on 23 September.
George and at least three senior Congress party leaders did not respond to calls by Mint.
“If they (state government) did have the morals, they could have told the high command to wait for the completion of the probe to re-induct George," Datta said.