A court in Madikeri on Monday ordered the Karnataka police to file a first information report (FIR) against minister KJ George and two other policemen in connection with the suicide of Deputy SP MK Ganapathy, reported CNN News18.
Ganapathy, 52, was found hanging in a lodge in Madikeri area by the police on 7 July. He left a suicide note in which hea ccused Additional Director General of Police (intelligence) AM Prasad, Lokayukta Inspector General of Police Pronab Mohanty and Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George of harassing him and putting pressure on him in various criminal and corruption cases.
Hours before he hanged himself, Ganapathy gave an interview to a private news channel in which he held that three harassed him and drove him to take the extreme step.
Though Ganapathy was posted at the IGP office in Mangaluru on the west coast, he drove to Madikeri early Thursday and checked into a lodge near the outstation bus stand and was seen going out in the afternoon in uniform.
When local police went to the lodge to ask Ganapathy about the interview, its receptionist found him hanging in the room.
Ganapathy's suicide sparked protests from the state's opposition parties disrupting the Karnataka House proceedings on Thursday.
Slamming the government's decision to hand over the inquiry to a judicial commission and not to drop George, Opposition BJP Leader Jagadish Shettar said, "The government is insensitive and arrogant."
He alleged that honest officials had no security under the government and demanded to know why Siddaramaih was showing "special affection" towards George.
Opposition members shouted slogans, demanding that George be sacked.
A 1991-batch officer of the state cadre, Ganapathy entered the police service under sports quota. He hailed from a hamlet at Siddhappur near Madikeri. He leaves behind wife Pavana and two sons.
This is the second such incident in Karnataka recently, and occurred three days after Chikkamagaluru Rural Deputy Superintendent of Police Kalappa Handibagh, 34, hung himself at Belagavi, about 500 km from Bengaluru.
With inputs from PTI