Ganapathi suicide: SC grants 2 weeks to state to explain why no CBI probe

The Supreme Court on Monday granted two weeks’ time to the Karnataka government to explain why a CBI probe should not be ordered into the suicide of deputy superintendent of police M K Ganapathi on July 7 last year.

A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit refused a plea for four weeks’ time made by Additional Advocate General Devadutt Kamat and state’s standing counsel Joseph Aristotle to file their response on a petition filed by M K Kushalappa, father of the deceased. They wanted four weeks’ time
to place relevant records, including the CID report.

The apex court had, on January 5, given six weeks’ time to the state government to file an affidavit while admitting the petition for consideration. The petitioner has challenged the Karnataka High Court order of October 19, refusing to entertain a plea for a CBI probe.

According to the petitioner, the officer, posted in the office of the Inspector General of Police, Mangaluru, was being hounded by then Minister K J George and other senior officers.

A division bench of the High Court had said all steps were taken for ensuring a fair investigation in the instant matter as superior officers other than the two accused police officers were appointed by the investigating agency and the DGP oversaw the investigation throughout.

The HC had noted that George had resigned to facilitate proper investigation at the relevant time.
The high court had declined to look into the closure report filed by the CID in the case.

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