DySP's son gets 10 days to oppose clean chit to George

Last Updated 19 September 2016, 20:13 IST

A local court on Monday gave the son of deceased DySP, M K Ganapathi (in pic), 10 days to file objections to the ‘B’ report filed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the case pertaining to the officer’s suicide.

First Additional Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) judge, Annapoorneshwari, asked advocate Prasanna Kumar representing Ganapathi’s son, Nehal, who has filed a private complaint, whether he had any objection to the report.

The advocate submitted that he would submit the objections after getting a full copy of the report. Accordingly, the court gave time till September 29.

Ganapathi, working in the office of IGP (western range) in Mangaluru, was found hanging at a lodge in Madikeri on July 7 shortly after he gave a television interview accusing former Home Minister K J George and IPS officers A M Prasad and Pronab Mohanty of harassing him. The case was taken over by the CID which submitted the 535-page ‘B’ report to the court on Saturday, exonerating the trio from all responsibility for Ganapathi’s suicide.

No member of Ganapathi’s family — son Nehal, wife K K Pavana, father Kushalappa and brother Machaiah — attended the hearing. Local advocate, Amruth Somaiah, who had so far represented Nehal, didn’t appear for him. Prasanna Kumar, a lawyer from Bengaluru, represented him. Legal experts said that if Nehal submitted objections to the report, the case would continue or else would be closed.

Speaking to DH later, Nehal said they would submit the objections after consulting the lawyer, but would not demand a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe. “The CID probe failed to give justice to us. I have lost all hope of getting justice. We are not going to demand a CBI probe either,” he said.

Nehal said that his “lonely” battle for justice badly affected his studies. “When my father committed suicide by holding George and the IPS officers responsible, everyone was with us. But once the minister resigned, they all deserted us. If I continue the fight for the CBI probe, my future will be at stake,” he said.

When asked about a petition in the High Court filed by his grandfather and uncle for CBI enquiry, Nehal said that he was not aware of it. “I and my mother have already suffered a lot,” he said.

CBI probe: HC adjourns plea

The High Court on Monday adjourned the petition filed by father and brother of M K Ganapathi, seeking directions to the state government to hand over the probe into Ganapathi’s suicide to the Central Bureau of Investigation, reports DHNS from Bengaluru.

M K Kushalappa and M K Machaiah have contended that they wanted a fair investigation and hence the probe should be entrusted to the CBI.  The government has argued that the father of Ganapathi himself had admitted that the latter committed suicide. It claimed that the petitioners were expressing doubts over the fairness of the investigation when the CID had completed the probe.  Justice S Abdul Nazeer adjourned the hearing to Tuesday.

(Published 19 September 2016, 20:13 IST)

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