The Supreme Court on Tuesday has ordered CBI investigation into the death of M K Ganapathy, a deputy superintendent(DSP) of Karnataka police who died under mysterious circumstances on July 7,2016 by opining that a fair probe has to be conducted.
The bench which had Justices A K Goel & U U Lalit, allowed the appeal of M K Kushalapp, father of the deceased police officer, filed against the order of the Karnataka high court rejecting his plea for CBI probe into the death case.
“There are certain startling facts in the case. Whether it is murder or suicide, it is required to be investigated in a fair manner,” the bench said and has directed CBI to conduct the probe and file the status before them within 3 months. The bench also noted “But public confidence and societal requirement demand that the guilty persons must be reached.”
The Karnataka government had opposed the plea in the apex court saying that a thorough and in-depth probe had been conducted in the case. Kapil Sibal who was appearing on behalf of Karnataka Government has said that relevant documents can be submitted to confirm that the probe was conducted in a fair manner.
However this was countered by Senior lawyer Jayant Bhushan who was appearing for the father of the deceased said that the state CID had probed the matter and filed the closure report without getting the forensic report which was accepted by SC as a valid defence which also agreed to the fact that the probe may not be fair when conducted by a state agency especially when it was done with home minister in power and two senior officers who were under the scanner.
The police officer had accused Bengaluru city development minister K J George and senior officers A M Prasad and Pranab Mohanty of harassing him before being found dead.