Finally, Karnataka IAS officers too join an NGO’s online petition to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the PM Narendra Modi to demand a CBI probe, despite the fact the vital evidence is lost in the case.
The mysterious death of upright IAS officer D K Ravi Kumar, who rose to fame subduing the sand mafia and taking cudgels with local legislator, was transferred abruptly in November 2014 to Bangalore.
In his new role as Additional Sales Tax Commissioner, he was planning raids on big builders in Bangalore, including one owned by state home minister, just a day before his body was found hanging at his residence.
the disbelief at his decision to commit suicide has triggered suspicions among the public and Kolar people went on bandh and protests. D.K. Ravi, is the first IAS officer who became a star among the Kolar people for his pro-farmer approach mingling with the poor and even visiting Dalit homes for lunch.
Ravi’s end came as a shocker to many in the country and even Kiran Bedi, a firebrand IPS officer of yesteryears demanded a probe by CBI before the vital evidence is lost. She knows how important it is to collect evidence immediately in such suicide or murder cases.
DK Ravi was an IAS officer of Karnataka Cadre.But appointed by President of India. His case ought to go to CBI before vital evidence is lost
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 18, 2015
CBI must not only investigate into tragic death of DK Ravi,but also the exposed scale & nexus of corruption he was grappling with..
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) March 18, 2015
The public signature campaign was taken up Uttishta Bharatha, an NGO and people can sign online HERE and the petition has already got 13.58 lakh people signing it as of Thursday morning 10 AM.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 17, 2015
Meanwhile, IAS lobby woke up to the public support and joined the league to demand CBI probe.
Additional Chief Secretary of Environment, Forest and Ecology Madana Gopal told the media that the case should be handed over to CBI for inquiry since there were bids to kill the IAS officer twice in the past.
“The case should be handed over to an independent agency – CBI – even as there are attempts from some quarters to assassinate the character of the deceased IAS officer. There are attempts made to kill Ravi for second time. We will not allow it,” he said.
Other IAS officials from Karnataka such as Pankaj Pandey, Sameer Shukla and Srivatsa Krishna, among others, joined Gopal demanding a probe by the central investigation agency. However, Gopal was quick to say, “This does not mean we, IAS officers, are against and suspecting the abilities of the state investigative agencies. They are able, but this case is of different genre and should be given to an independent agency.”
Why CBI Probe?
The demand for a CBI probe is often heard in India owing to contradictions in state and centre relations and suspicion among the people on local authorities, who are pressurized to please their political masters.
Last week, similar demand for CBI probe into West Bengal’s case of brutal gang-rape of a septuagenarian nun inside a convent. It took five days for Mamata Banerjee, state chief minister to seek CBI probe into the incident that enraged the Catholic community all over the world.
Banerjee cited “seriousness and sensitivity” of the case. In Banerjee’s Trinamool congress spewed venom on the CBI and held road protests for its move to arrest several Trinamool Congress leaders in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
Essentially the CBI probe has become a Centre-State issue in India that the party ruling at the Centre is seen wielding influence on CBI, which is an independent central agency. State governments ruled by other political parties, in this case non-BJP chief ministers, are apprehensive that the CBI probe may be used to corner them in public eye.
Rajdeep Sardesai, now with Headlines Today, aptly summarises it in his tweet:
No one trusts CID, few trust CBI, no one trust netas: who do we trust then? #DKRavi
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 18, 2015
DK Ravi's death: He called me last week to help pin down two builders, whistle-blower tells TNM http://t.co/8faCZe62IG
— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) March 17, 2015
— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) March 16, 2015
Karnataka: Upright IAS Officer DK Ravi, who raided Home Minister K.J.George's Real Estate Company recently, commit "suicide"
— Shreeharsha Perla (@harshaperla) March 16, 2015