Senior Congress leader K J George, who was forced to resign from the Karnataka cabinet following allegations of abetting the suicide of a DSP, is set to return as minister after the CID filed a closure report in the complaint against him and two senior police officers.
The re-induction of the former home minister and Bengaluru development minister into the cabinet is learnt to have been cleared by the Congress high command. The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has scheduled George’s swearing-in for Monday.
DSP M K Ganapathi, who committed suicide at a private lodge on July 7, had earlier told a local TV channel that George, A M Prasad (then ADGP-Intelligence) and Pranab Mohanty (then IGP-Lokayukta police) would be responsible if anything were to happen to him.
Following his death, Ganapathi’s son filed a complaint against George and the two senior police officers. Under Opposition attack, George resigned from the cabinet on July 18 after a magistrate’s court ordered the filing of an FIR under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) against him and the police officers. “I have voluntarily tendered my resignation to enable an impartial probe into the death of the DSP,’’ George had then said.
The CID, which was tasked with investigating the case, filed a closure report on September 17, stating that the former minister and the two police officers could not be linked to Ganapathi’s death.
The 500-page CID report indicated that the DSP was worried that a pending corruption case against him could result in the cancellation of a promotion he got a few months earlier. He was also plagued by mental health issues, the CID report suggested.
George is considered to be close to CM Siddaramaiah and is likely to return to his former portfolio of Bengaluru Development Minister.