The suspension of a police inspector who had filed a case against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s son in the run-up to the elections has triggered a controversy and threatens to snowball into a political storm.
The Nazarbad police inspector, Mohan, had filed a case against Mr. Siddaramaiah’s son, Rakesh, on May 3 consequent to a complaint filed by Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) candidate K.P. Siddalingaswamy, who contested against Mr. Siddaramaiah in the Varuna Assembly constituency.
The complainant had alleged that he was stopped and attacked by Congress workers, including Mr. Rakesh, when he was coming to Mysore.
He had also staged a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office seeking action against the Congress workers.
Following the complaint, a case was filed against 14 Congress workers, including Mr. Rakesh, on the charge of attempt to murder under Section 307 of the Indian Penal Code.
The case is still under investigation but the police inspector was placed under suspension recently and a section of police have attributed this to the case filed against the Chief Minister’s son.
There is speculation that Mr. Siddaramaiah brought pressure on the police as he was incensed by the police inspector’s action of filing a case on the charge of attempt to murder.
Commissioner of Police K.L. Sudheer was not available for his reaction.
Meanwhile, the issue has come in handy for politicians to take on the Congress government.
State Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Kumaraswamy during his campaign at Periyapatana, which is going to the polls on May 28, said that the suspension of the police inspector for doing his duty amounted to misuse of political power.
Mr. Kumaraswamy wondered how government officials or the police could discharge their duty in such an atmosphere.