Siddaramaiah firm to support his minister K J George, says no need for him to quit


When K J George was the Karnataka Home Minister deputy superintendent of police M K Ganapathy committed suicide and it was alleged that higher police officers and Home Minister created circumstances that led the police officer to resign. The state CID was investigating the case. The BJP and opposition leaders demanded the minister to resign because he through his official position could influence the case. Consequently the minister resigned. The case then was transferred to CBI and now CBI filed a charge sheet. Meanwhile the Chief Minister re-inducted the minister into his cabinet. In the wake of the filing of charge sheet, the BJP renewed its demand that George, now the minister of Bangaluru development, should  resign. The Chief Minister rejected the demand.

Siddaramaiah on October 27 ruled out the possibility of the minister to resign following the  CBI filing a charge sheet againt the minister. Along with the names of higher police officers, the minister’s name was included in the charge sheet. After a meeting with senior ministers,  the Chief Minister while speaking to press persons said there is no need for the minister  to quit as there was no fresh FIR. The CBI charge sheet was in continuation of the FIR filed by the CID. He said when he resigned he was the Home minister and the CID which was under him was investigating the case. Now the CBI is a central agency and he cannot influence the case, the Chief Minister added.

The union minister and an election in charge of Karnataka Prakash Jawadekar said the the logic offered by the Chief Minister was not reasonable. It is an open support to his colleague, the  Union Minister added.


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