Indian National Congress Karnataka Minister KJ George resigned hours after a court in Madikeri ordered Karnataka Police to file an FIR against him in connection with the suicide of Deputy SP MK Ganapathy. 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 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. Opposition leader Jagadish Shettar said an impartial investigation could not be conducted as long as George was still a minister.