Bengaluru, July 18: Karnataka minister K.J. George resigned from the Siddaramaiah cabinet on Monday evening after a court ordered registration of an FIR against him and two senior police officers in the DySP Ganapathy suicide case.
It may be recalled that Ganapathy had named George and two IPS officers in his interview to a local news channel just before ending his life in a lodge in Madikeri, saying "they are responsible if anything happens to me."
The opposition parties raked up the issue during the ongoing assembly session and demanded that George resign and be probed in the case, but it was the court direction to file an FIR against George that forced him to resign.
Earlier in the day, the sessions court in Madikeri directed the police to file an FIR against George, senior IPS officer A.M. Prasad, ADGP (Intelligence), and Pronab Mohanty, IGP, Lokayukta Police. Ganapathy's son Nehal had approached the court after the police department refused to heed the family's demand for a probe against those the cop had named in his last interview.
Admitting the plea, the court directed the state government to consider Ganapathy's statement as 'dying declaration' and file the FIR.
Speaking to OneIndia, Nehal said the court had directed the police to register the FIR and said now "We have hope of getting justice."