A day after Mangaluru deputy SP MK Ganapathy allegedly committed suicide after accusing his seniors and a minister of harassing him in an interview to a local television, chief minister Siddaramaiah warned of action against seniors accused of harassing the police official and asked the state CID to conduct an inquiry.
“We have handed over this case to the CID. After the CID submits its investigation report, we will take appropriate action,” the CM here, as the incident put his government in a spot.
Ganapthy was found hanging from the ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri where he had gone from Mangaluru on Thursday.
On July 5, the body of deputy SP of Chikkamagaluru sub-division Kallappa Handibag (35), accused of kidnapping a person for ransom, was found hanging in his father-in-law’s home at Murgod in Belagavi district.
In an interview to a local news channel in Madikeri, the deputy SP had mentioned names of two higher police officials and minister for Bengaluru development KJ George, a former home minister, accusing them of harassing him.
“I am disappointed with transfers happening in police department, which is done on caste consideration. Top officials should not do this. It’s not good. It is wrong. Therefore, I am coming out openly before the media,” he had said.
Ganapathy had also said, “If anything happens to me hereafter, they are responsible. Who? (police officials) AM Prasad and Pranab Mohanty, and also former home minister George. They (police officials) are close to chief minister and home minister, who give information to them.”
As his government came under Opposition attack, Siddaramaiah said the BJP, which has been demanding resignation of George for allegedly harassing the deceased officer, has no moral right to do so.
Responding to the charge by the deceased police official, George said he had no connection with Ganapathy and had no personal issues with him and never harassed him.
“I have no connection with him. I have no personal issue with him. I never harassed him,” he said.