Karnataka MLA vs MLA: Legislator files attempt to murder case, Cong orders probe, suspends accused
An attempt to murder case has been lodged against Congress legislator J N Ganesh on the basis of a complaint filed by Anand Singh, the party’s MLA from Vijayanagar constituency in Bellary who was injured in a brawl on Saturday night at a resort where Congress MLAs were sheltered.

The Congress has ordered an internal inquiry into the brawl among party MLAs from Bellary and placed Ganesh, the legislator from Kampli constituency, under suspension “pending a full inquiry”. Singh was admitted in Apollo Hospital on Sunday morning. A medical report from the hospital said he had suffered a “black eye, nasal blood clot, and tenderness over left lower chest”.

Senior Congress leaders had on Sunday denied that a brawl had occurred even as some leaders indicated that a fight had broken out.

The MLAs were sheltered at Eagleton Resort, in Ramanagara district near Bengaluru, amid fear of attempts at poaching by Opposition BJP during the recent political crisis in Karnataka.

In his complaint at Bidadi police station, in Ramanagara district, Singh stated that Ganesh accused him of stifling fund supply to him during last year’s Assembly elections, and of giving his nephew prominence when the MLAs from Bellary district were returning to their rooms after dinner on Saturday. He alleged that Ganesh attacked him subsequently, hitting his head on a wall and kicking him after he fell down.

Ganesh claimed that things went out of hand after he tried to intervene in an argument between Singh and another MLA from Bellary, Bheema Naik. “I tried to pacify them but things went out of hand. If the incidents have hurt him, I want to apologise,’’ said Ganesh, who has a criminal record and is said to be Singh’s protege.

According to sources in the party, the fight broke out after some MLAs insinuated that Singh had played a double game with them regarding offers to switch over to BJP while reporting dissident activities to Congress leaders at the same time.

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