KARNATAKA: Approximately three weeks after the death of DK Ravi, a senior bureaucrat who was mysteriously found dead at his residence, the CBI has stated that it cannot investigate the case as the state government has forced ‘conditions’ by giving a three months deadline to the agency.
“CBI has said ‘don’t put conditions like this’. We’ll send it again to CBI,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said.
36-year-old Ravi enjoyed a reputation as a severely honest officer who fought tough opponents including the powerful sand mafia in areas of Karnataka like Kolar, about 100 kms from the capital of Bengaluru.
The IAS officer was found hanging from a ceiling fan on March 16 in his apartment in Bengaluru. According to the wife and mother of the late officer, DK Ravi did not commit suicide, an assessment, the state police initially offered.
With the support from the Opposition party in the state, the family of Ravi has asked the intervention of the CBI into the matter which was formally requested by the Chief Minister a week later.
“I am announcing a CBI enquiry not because of pressure by Opposition, but because of what DK Ravi’s family wants,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said at the time.
DK Ravi’s batch mate, a woman bureaucrat submitted a WhatsApp message to the investigators from Ravi to her reportedly sent few hours before his body was found.
Even though the content of the messages have not been shared publicly, sources inform that the message could be treated like a suicide note.