Karnataka cop’s suicide: Bengaluru development minister KJ George resigns

  • Agencies, Bengaluru
  • Updated: Jul 19, 2016 10:52 IST
A court ordered that Karnataka minister KJ George be booked for allegedly abetting the suicide of dy SP MK Ganapathy. (Twitter/@thekjgeorge)

Karnataka minister KJ George resigned on Monday after a court ordered that he be booked for allegedly abetting the suicide of a policeman, ANI reported.

Deputy superintendent MK Ganapathy was found hanging from the ceiling fan in the room of a lodge on July 7, hours after he accused George and two IPS officers of harassing him, an incident that triggered a controversy in the state ruled by the Congress.

A judicial magistrate of a first class court (JMFC) ordered police action against George and two senior police officers on Monday for abetting the suicide.

The issue triggered uproar in the Karnataka assembly as the opposition insisted on George’s resignation and a CBI probe into the case.

In a press conference, opposition leader Jagadish Shettar said an impartial investigation could not be conducted as long as George was still a minister. He also said the two police officers named in the complaint should be suspended to ensure a fair investigation.

George said he was “100% sure” that he will come clean. “The opposition is not asking for my resignation today, they have been asking for it from the day I became a minister.”

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