Karnataka Chief Minister K. Siddaramaiah, who was scheduled to release the state CID report into the death of firebrand IAS officer D.K. Ravi, refrained from it at the last minute in view of the state high court order and instead announced handing over the case to CBI for investigation on Monday.
This has Sonia Gandhi’s advice to consider the demand and BJP protests coupled with the family of Ravi seeking a CBI probe since the state home minister was also blamed for his possible intereference by the opposition parties. While BJP has taken political mileage out of the death, not left far behind was the second opposition Janata Dal (S), which was vocal and even some Vokkaliga caste-based rallies were held seeking a CBI probe in the case.
On Sunday, the state high court restrained the government from making public the CID report on a petition filed by the husband of the other woman IAS officer who was in touch with Ravi on phone before his suspicious death.
“The respondents are restrained from making or publishing any interim report or making any public statement pertaining to investigation being conducted with regard the unnatural death of DK Ravi,” Justice Abdul Nazeer said. However, he allowed the investigation to continue.
The officer, DK Ravi, was deputy commissioner of Kolar before his shift to Bangalore, before he was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment last Monday. The police termed it “prima facie a case of suicide,” a premise questioned by his family and fans. His family held a protest outside the state assembly until the Chief Minister arrived and spoke to them.
Even the opposition parties rejected the initial probe and demanded a CBI probe and media was also apprehensive that leaks were being given out by the investigating officials to mislead the public on the possible love angle to the suicide.
DK Ravi, the officer, was known for taking on the sand and land mafia, including the bigtime builders in Bangalore in his new avatar as additional commercial tax commissioner.
“We will not allow the government to submit the interim report because that is a deliberate attempt at misleading investigations,” senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said on Sunday.
(With inputs from IANS)