Karnataka High Court declares former State Home Minister KJ George innocent of abetment to suicide charges

The Karnataka High Court recently quashed the criminal proceedings initiated against former Minister KJ George and two IPS officers in a case involving the abetment to suicide of police officer MK Ganapathy.

On the point of correctness of the procedure followed by the Special Court in rejecting the final report, the Court failed to concur with the petitioner’s submission and opined that there was no procedural irregularity.

The HC observed that even if the evidence collected by the investigating agency is accepted completely, the same does not disclose mens rea by the petitioners.under section 306 r/w 34 of IPC.

The CBI recorded its further opinion that the deceased was depressed due to various family problems. He was taking treatment for depression and neuro-related problems and there is no evidence to show that the 3 accused persons compelled him to commit suicide and accordingly filed a closure report under Section 173 of CrPC.

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