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KJ George back as Karnataka minister after being cleared in DSP suicide case


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Bengaluru: Former Karnataka Minister KJ George was on Monday reinducted into the Siddaramaiah government, close on the heels of being given a clean chit by the CID in a case related to the alleged suicide of a Deputy Superintendent of Police.

George, a close confidant of the Chief Minister, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony held in Raj Bhavan.

"I'm grateful and will take this opportunity to serve the people of Karnataka," George said after his reinduction.

George had resigned on 18 July, soon after a court in Madikeri in Kodagu district directed police to register a FIR against him and two police officers in connection with the suicide of 51-year-old MK Ganapathy.

Ganapathy was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri on 7 July, prior to which he gave an interview to a local TV channel saying the Minister and AM Prasad (now Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety) and Pranab Mohanty (now on central deputation as Additional Deputy Director General of UIDAI) would be responsible "if anything
happens to me."

The court had issued directions based on a private criminal complaint by Ganapathy's son, Nehal, requesting it to direct police to take up an investigation against the minister and the officers for allegedly abetting his father's suicide.

Karnataka CID, which investigated the case, on 17 September gave a clean chit to George and two senior police officers in its 'B' report, filed in a court in Madikeri.

George is likely to retain Bengaluru Development and Town Planning portfolio, which he had held when he stepped down amid a huge political storm in the state with the Opposition gunning for him. He had also held the Home portfolio earlier.

With the reinduction of George, the strength of the Siddaramaiah ministry now stands at 34, the maximum constitutional limit for the state.

Siddaramaiah, his cabinet colleagues, Congress legislators and senior government officials were present at the swearing-in.

Both opposition parties BJP and JD(S) have taken exception to the reinduction of George.
Earlier this month, Siddaramaiah on 5 September had expanded his Cabinet by inducting M Krishnappa into his Ministry.

First Published On : Sep 26, 2016 12:00 IST

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