The Congress legislator from Vijayanagara and former mining baron Anand Singh on Monday filed a complaint with the police accusing his colleague and Kampli legislator J.N.Ganesh of charges, including attempt to murder.
The complaint coming a day after the two legislators got into a fight in an inebriated state while staying at the Eagleton Resort, ironically to ‘protect’ themselves against being poached by opposition parties in an attempt to bring down the H.D. Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in Karnataka.
The complaint invokes sections 323 and 324 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt and with a dangerous weapon), 307 (attempt to murder), 504 (intention to insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
The developments left the Congress red faced. The entire party tried to downplay the incident with reasons for Singh’s hospitalisation -- from the legislator having slipped and fallen to him being admitted after complaining of chest pains -- hoping not to reveal the actual cause of the fight that would puncture its claims of being united against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) alleged attempts to poach its legislators and bring down the eight-month-old government.
The Congress has suspended Ganesh, who had earlier in the day feigned innocence.
Pictures of a badly bruised Singh in the hospital were shared online, adding to the outrage against the incident.
Ganesh and another MLA Bheema Naik allegedly assaulted Singh on Sunday night after heated exchanges over an issue regarding their home district.
Congress state president Dinesh Gundu Rao said the party had taken the decision to suspend Ganesh after an internal inquiry. He said that since the complaint has been filed, the law will take its own course and the Congress will set up a committee to inquire into the incident parallelly.
Having herded all its legislators into the resort on Friday, the Congress vacated the premises after the death of the pontiff of the Siddaganga Math Sree Sree Sree Sivakumara Swami on Monday.
“Entire attempt to murder episode that Congress was trying to hush up now stays exposed. Congress MLAs should stay safe since the greed for power within the party could be fatal," the state BJP wrote on microblogging site Twitter, attaching the complaint copy filed by Singh.