IAS Officer’s Death: Sonia Asks Karnataka CM to Hand Over Probe to CBI

dk-ravi-family-pti-650_650x400_61426693969BANGALORE: Amidst outrage over the death of IAS officer DK Ravikumar in Karnataka, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today asked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to hand over the inquiry into the incident to CBI.”The Congress president has advised the Karnataka Chief Minister to hand over the inquiry into IAS officer D K Ravi’s death to CBI,” party general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Digvijaya Singh said.
The Opposition as well as Mr Ravikumar’s family have been demanding a CBI probe into IAS officer’s death but the Karnataka government is adamant that it will be a CID probe.
Mr Siddaramaiah met Governor Vajubhai Val in Bengaluru on Friday and briefed him about the developments in the case.”I have met the Governor. I have explained to him the developments in Ravi’s case till date,” the cief minister told reporters after meeting the Governor at Raj Bhavan.
He said the “Governor has heard what we have explained to him; we have told him the investigation is going on and the investigation has been handed over to CID.”The lawmakers of opposition BJP and Janata Dal (Secular) had on Thursday marched in a procession from Vidhana Soudha to Raj Bhavan and requested the Governor to advise the Karnataka government to refer the case to CBI.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Thursday that he is ready to order a CBI investigation into the death of IAS officer DK Ravi if the Karnataka Chief Minister recommends it. Sources told NDTV that he also spoke to Mr Siddaramaiah and advised him to opt for a CBI inquiry.
But emerging from a Cabinet meeting yesterday evening, the state’s Home Minister K J George said the issue was not discussed. “Whatever decision has been taken on the floor of the House, we will stand by that,” he said, reiterating that the state’s Criminal Investigation Department or CID is well-equipped to handle the DK Ravi case.
Mr Ravi was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his Bengaluru apartment on Monday. The police have so far maintained that it is “prima facie a case of suicide,” a premise questioned by many including his family and friends.

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