Bengaluru, July 21: K.J. George resigned as a minister in Karnataka's Siddaramaiah government on July 19 after a court ordered that an FIR be registered against him in the DySP M.K. Ganapathy suicide case. The deceased cop had alleged that George and two IPS officers had harassed him.
But top sources in the state Home department have told OneIndia that there was an attempt to stop the filing of the FIR against George. The sources alleged that a senior cop, on hearing news of the court order, "was quick to call up Madikeri SP Rajendra Kumar". They added that he did so at the behest of his political bosses.
The senior cop allegedly told the Madikeri SP to instruct the sub-inspector of Madikeri City Police Station not to file the FIR against George despite the court order. The sources said, the senior cop's order was "unofficial, but it was stern".
The Madikeri SP is said to have relayed the senior cop's order to sub-inspector Bharath. But Bharath, the sources said, was nervous about not carrying out court directions. Caught between court and his superior officer's orders, he called up a few officers to ask them how he should proceed in the matter.
One such officer told OneIndia, "Bharath called me on June 19 soon after the court pronounced the order. He said he had gotten instructions from the top not to register the FIR against George. I told him if he didn't file the FIR, the court would pull him up for contempt and advised him to tell the SP that he could not risk that".
By that time, however, there was so much media attention on the court order that even the senior cop decided to lay off. The FIR was filed and George resigned.
Interestingly, amidst all this drama, BJP leaders in Bengaluru got wind of the attempt to scuttle the FIR and instructed partymen in Madikeri to stage a protest outside the Madikeri City Police Station. Local BJP leaders and pro-Hindutva activists staged the demonstration demanding that the FIR against George be filed immediately.