Volunteers and leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) protested against Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George outside the Congress leader’s constituency office on Banaswadi Main Road on Saturday.The protest comes a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah rejected the BJP’s demand for the resignation of KJ George, in the wake of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registering an FIR against the minister in the alleged suicide case of DySP MK Ganapathy.
Urging George to take moral responsibility for the incident and step down from his post, AAP national spokesperson Prithvi Reddy said, “The CBI has filed an FIR against him and still he is behaving like King George. We are here to peacefully protest against that.”
The situation grew tense outside the accused Congress leader’s office, as over 40 volunteers were faced with around 100 police personnel who arrived on the scene in anticipation of the protest.
Defending the party members’ right to protest, Reddy added, “Is police meant for providing security to citizens or protecting ministers against peaceful citizens’ protest? The police are being used as private armies. Congress in the state and BJP in the Centre are no different in this regard. They are both taking away our right to protest”.
The protesters were later taken into preventive custody.
The CBI registered the case against George and senior police officers on the basis of a Supreme Court order of September 5, 2017, directing a CBI probe into the death of the DSP. The Supreme Court order followed a plea by the father and brother of Ganapathy for reinvestigating the death after the initial probe was closed by the Criminal Investigation Department of Karnataka Police.MK Ganapathy committed suicide in July 2016. He reportedly told a television channel that he was being harassed by George, who was then the Home Minister.
Ganapathy was being investigated by the CBI for charges of corruption and fake encounters at the time of his death.