Within hours after a court in Madikeri ordered FIR against Karnataka minister K.J. George and two IPS officers in the suicide case of Deputy SP M.K. Ganpathy, the minister tendered his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Monday evening.
Additional Judicial Magistrate, first class, Annapurneshwari ordered police to file the FIR against George, Additional Director General of Police (Intelligence) A.M. Prasad and Lokayukta (Ombdusman) Inspector General of Police Pranob Mohanty on a complaint filed by Ganapathi's elder son Nehal under section 306 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The DySP had alleged harassment by the three persons in his last television interview last week, hours before he was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hotel room in Madikeri.
Addressing the media soon after resigning from the ministry, George expressed confidence in the judiciary and stated he would come out clean in the case. "I have voluntarily resigned from the post to pave way for a fair probe," he said.
The alleged suicide of Ganapathy on July 7, 2016 had rocked the Assembly and the opposition's tirade against the government for failing to file an FIR in the case had turned the Legislature session chaotic.
Though local police had filed a case of unnatural death, the complaint petitioned the court to treat Ganapthi's interview as his dying declaration and file an FIR against the trio.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had ruled out the possibility of dropping the minister from his cabinet stating there was no evidence against the Bengaluru Development minister. However, the court order on Monday cornered the government.
Considered as an influential politician in the state with direct access to the Congress high command, the circumstances leading to George's resignation has embarrassed the party which is already in doldrums.
(With inputs from agencies)