Siddaramaiah defends tainted minister KJ George, says accusations are 'politically motivated' to tarnish Congress' image

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has defended KJ George, the state minister for urban planning and development, who was named as an accused in an FIR filed regarding the alleged suicide of deputy superintendent of police MK Ganapathy.

Responding to BJP's demand for George's resignation, Siddaramaiah said that the accusations were politically motivated and aimed at tarnishing the image of the Congress government in the state. "This type of attitude by the BJP is with the intention to make political gains," he said.

Karnataka law minister TB Jayachandra also came to the defence of George, saying that BJP's agenda is to malign Congress' image.

According to ANI, George had said that it's an old case against him and the Supreme Court has given him three months' time. "Let CBI probe and file report," George was quoted as saying by the news agency.

The Supreme Court had handed over the probe in Ganapathy's death to the CBI in September. The agency has re-registered the Karnataka Police's FIR alleging that prior to his death, Ganapathy had said that George, former IGP (Lokayukta) Pranov Mohanty and ADGP (state intelligence) AM Prasad were responsible for his death.

Ganapathy had accused Bengaluru city development minister George and senior police officers Prasad and Mohanty of harassing him.

Ganapathy was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri on 7 July, just hours after an interview was aired by a local TV channel wherein he claimed that the minister and the two IPS officers were harassing him. He had claimed that the trio should be held responsible if anything were to happen to him.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Oct 27, 2017 17:38 PM

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