Bengaluru, Oct 27: The CBI on Thursday registered a case of abetment of suicide against Karnataka Minister K.J. George, Odia IPS officer Pranab Mohanty, Inspector-General of Police and Additional Director-General of Police (Intelligence) A.M. Prasad in connection with the suicide of Deputy Superintendent of Police M.K. Ganapathy.
The CBI's move comes following Supreme Court's September 5 directive to probe the death of the police officer and submit an investigation report within three months.
Ganapathy had hanged himself to death on July 7, 2016 in the state's Madikeri, about 250km to the west of the state capital.
In a television interview given hours before his death, Ganapathy had accused George, Prasad and Mohanty of harassing him.
"The complainant (Nehal) expressed the suspicion about the death of his father and had filed a written complaint before the police sub-inspector at the Kushalnagar police station (near Madikeri) on July 10, 2016. However, the police officer had allegedly refused to register the complaint," stated the First Information Report (FIR) registered by the CBI.
The FIR quotes Nehal's plea before the court stating that the three accused were influential persons and had used their power to ensure that there was no police action.
The state's Crime Investigation Department (CID), which had initially begun probing into the case, had given a clean chit to the accused minister and the two senior police officers stating that "there was no evidence to establish the charge of abetment against the accused".
After a plea by Ganapathy's father M.K. Kushalappa, a CBI probe was ordered into the case by the Supreme Court.