Condemning the state government for inept handling of the case involving ADGP (KSRP) P Ravindranath, the BJP urged the government to direct the CID to complete its investigation within a month and initiate disciplinary action against the guilty.
State BJP general secretary C T Ravi told reporters on Thursday that both Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister K J George have failed miserably to handle the issue. Ravi said the CM should direct George to take necessary action before the Police Department’s image goes for a toss. Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar in Belgaum said the row proved the law and order situation has collapsed in the state and Siddaramaiah has lost control over the administration.
Members of various associations staged a protest on Thursday, expressing support for P Ravindranath in Mandya. The police officials attached to KSRP battalion staged a protest in Hassan.
‘It is a Conspiracy’
Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (KDSS) has alleged Auradkar and DCP Ravikanthe Gowda hatched a conspiracy to defame ADGP (KSRP) Ravindranath. A battalion of KSRP staged a protest condemning the ‘conspiracy’ against their top cop in Gulbarga.
Some forums submitted a memorandum to the district administration in favour of the ADGP in Chitradurga. Meanwhile in Mysore, members of All India Federation of SC/STs, Backward and Minorities Employees Welfare Association urged the government not to accept the resignation of Ravindranath.
‘Remove Home Minister K J George’
Hubli: Opposition leader in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar and state BJP president Prahlad Joshi said the ongoing controversy was a result of inefficiency of Home Minister K J George. At a press meet on Thursday, they demanded the removal of George for his failure in resolving the issue. “The matter should have been resolved internally on the first day itself. But, the way it is allowed to snowball into a controversy only shows the inefficiency of the Home Minister,” Joshi charged. Shettar said the issue has raised a question on the very existence of the state government.