Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy came out in the open to accuse the chief minister of Karnataka and his bete noir on Wednesday for visiting the place where post-mortem of the deceased IAS officer D.K.Ravi Kumar’s body took place.
“The way our Chief Minister visited the place where post mortem was conducted, (prompts) people feel that he went there to influence post-mortem officers. We will continue our protest until the government orders a CBI inquiry into IAS officer DK Ravi’s death case,” Kumaraswamy told the TV reporters in Bangalore on Wedneday.
D.K. Ravi Kumar, who was deputy commissioner of Kolar before moving to Bangalore as additional commissioner on deputation with the Commercial Tax department, was reportedly planning some key raids in the city a day before he took the drastic decision to end his life.
Despite the state government’s efforts, the issue failed to die down and the Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs too joined the row holding a night-long protest inside the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda had openly criticised the state government’s stand not to hand over the case to CBI. “People of Karnataka feel that neither the chief minister or the home minister nor the officers can hald a free and fair investigation in the matter. I think he (Ravi) being an IAS officer, it is fair on the part of government to refer the matter to CBI for further investigation,” Gowda told ANI in New Delhi.
Leaving aside political parties, even lawyers in Bangalore took to the streets protesting against the Congress government in Karnataka over DK Ravi’s death. Defending Siddaramaiah’s reply in the Assembly, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla in Delhi, said the case should be transferred to the CBI when the first or initial report is not to the satisfaction of the people.
The suicide of DK Ravi Kumar a day before his planned “big” raids on construction houses in Bangalore for evasion of sales tax has stunned the city. An NGO activist has revealed that the officer’s suicide was surprising just ahead of the raids. The case is going viral on Twitter too with netizens turning angry at the state government’s decision not to hand over the case to CBI.
In India, CBI is held in high regard when it comes to unbiased investigation, despite few hiccups.