Bengaluru, July 8: Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dy.SP), Mangaluru, M K Ganapathy had accused incumbent Additional General of Police, Karnataka Intelligence Bureau (IB), A M Prasad of allegedly demanding money and harassing him. Following the allegation, he committed suicide at a lodge in Madikeri, Kodagu.
While the Karnataka state government has handed over the probe into the suicide to the CID, top sources in the police department tell OneIndia that the allegations against Prasad are baseless. The source also said that it was unfair to target Prasad who is considered an honest officer.
"When A M Prasad was serving as Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Western Range under which Mangaluru also falls in IGP's jurisdiction, Ganapathy was Inspector of Kadri police station in 2008."
During this period Prasad had met Ganapathy only a couple of times. Ganapathy was reporting to the then Superintendent Police of Dakshina Kannada N Satish Kumar. There were only a couple of meetings between Prasad and Ganapathy as infamous church attack took in 2008 that too in Ganapathy's jurisdiction.
After 2008 A M Prasad who is currently the head of state Intelligence Bureau never met Ganapathy till the date of Ganapathy's death on Thursday, July 7. "Prasad had never met Ganapathy after he was transferred from Mangaluru. Many in the department are wondering as to why Ganapathy took Prasad's name in an interview, he gave to a local channel in Kodagu before he committed suicide," the source wondered.
Even in the last three years, after Prasad assumed charge as chief of the IB Ganapathy has not tapped Prasad for any help. "Forget exchange of words between Ganapathy and Prasad, he has never called Prasad even for a help," sources informed.
On the other hand, sources say that Ganapathy while serving in Mangaluru allegedly instigated the 2008 church attack. There were allegations that he was leaning more towards the Bajrang Dal.
In this regard there were reports against him in the police department. The source says that while there is a great deal of sympathy for the deceased officer, the dragging of Prasad's name into it is unfair.