The Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe on August 5 into the death of former Mangaluru Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Ganapathy on the ground that there were “startling facts” in the case that needed to be investigated. This has caused huge embarrassment to the state Congress government that had stubbornly maintained that an official inquiry conducted into the murder had established that Ganapathy’s death was a case of suicide rather than murder.
Ganapathy was found dead at a lodge in Madikeri, Karnataka, on July 7 last year. The incident was treated as a suicide. However, before his death, he had given an interview to a Kannada TV channel wherein he accused former home minister and Congress leader K J George and two senior policemen of harassment.
In recent months and years, Karnataka has emerged as a top state in the physical elimination of political and intellectual opponents as also in the murder of civil servants and police officers who were seen doing their jobs honestly.
The murder of Gauri Lankesh on August 5 is the latest case.