Bengaluru: The Congress on Monday suspended its MLA J N Ganesh for allegedly hitting his Karnataka lawmaker colleague Anand Singh at a private resort in Bengaluru, news agency PTI quoted party sources as saying.
As serious allegations have been made with regards to the incident, on the orders of KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao, MLA J N Ganesh has been suspended with immediate effect, pending inquiry (RPT pending inquiry) , the Pradesh Congress said in a release here.
In order to conduct detailed inquiry about the incident a special inquiry committee committee had been constituted under the leadership of Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara.
It also includes Ministers K J George and Krishna Byre Gowda, the release said, adding that the committee had been asked to submit the report at the earliest.
The statement said that party leaders have conducted preliminary inquiry about the ‘unpleasant’ incident that happened on January 19 and have also collected information from Anand Singh.
Meanwhile, Singh reportedly filed a complaint against Ganesh for threatening and punching him after which the former was rushed to a hospital. Following the complaint, a case of attempt to murder has been lodged against Ganesh.
Anand Singh filed a FIR on Monday, in which he alleged that Ganesh abused him, beat him with a stick, pushed him to the wall and threatened to kill him.
On the other hand, Ganesh claimed that he too was injured in the scuffle, an incident that has given an embarrassing twist to the party’s bid to keep its flock together.
The legislator said no “bottle attack” had taken place as projected in the media, while indicating that some kind of a brawl had taken place between him and Singh at Eagleton Resorts on the city outskirts late Saturday night.
A jittery Congress had shifted its legislators to the resort on Friday last, as it feared that the BJP might lure some of them in its alleged bid to destabilise the Congress-JDS coalition government in the state.
Singh, who suffered injuries in the scuffle, was admitted to a private hospital on Sunday.
Both had come to blows, according to party sources.
Stating that Singh is like an elder brother to him, Ganesh said he and his family have respected Singh, whom they knew for the last 15-20 years.
Ganesh is among the disgruntled Congress MLAs who was reportedly in touch with other dissidents in the party and was on the BJP’s radar in its alleged toppling game.
According to sources, he was furious with Singh for foiling his plans to join the BJP by leaking information to the Congress leadership.
Meanwhile, a medico legal register of the private hospital where Singh is undergoing treatment, in its report said “history of traumatic injury at around 1 AM on January 20 at Eagleton Resort, Bidadi, and sustained injury to head, face and left side chest pain.”
It also said “no history of loss of consciousness, seizure and vomiting” and added that there was complaints of headache and left side chest pain.
The report, which also cites “black eye, nasal blood clot, and tenderness over left lower chest”.
According to Congress sources, party legislators camped at the resort have started vacating it.
MLAs, unhappy over the developments, had been insisting that the party leadership free them from the resort, as they feared “bad publicity” at a time when the state is reeling under drought.