IAS Officer DK Ravi’s death: Congress President Sonia Gandhi suggests Karnataka CM to handover probe to CBI

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| Friday, March 20, 2015 - 19:22
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NEW DELHI: For a ‘better’ interrogation, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has advised the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to hand over the investigation into the mysterious death of IAS officer DK Ravi to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Siddaramaiah earlier in the day after facing increasing public anger over the mysterious death of standing IAS officer with growing calls for a CBI investigation met Governor Vajubhai Val and briefed him over the progress in the matter.

“I have met the governor. I have explained him about the developments in Ravi’s case till date,” Karanataka CM told media after meeting the Governor at Raj Bhavan.

“The governor has heard what we have explained to him; we have told him investigation is going on and investigation has been handed over to CID,” he said.

The Opposition parties and the family members of Ravi, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his flat on Monday, were shouting for a CBI probe in the case.

Escalating the pressure on the Karnataka CM, the BJP and JD(S) MLAs had marched a procession from Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat to the Raj Bhavan on Thursday and requested the governor to advise the Siddaramaiah government to refer the case to CBI. 

JD(S) leader and former CM HD Kumaraswamy while speaking to media charged the Congress government of trying to suppress the truth behind the case by raking up Ravi’s personal life and pulling the name of a woman IAS officer who was his batch mate into the issue.

The JD(S) leader also slammed the government accusing them of selectively floating information and stories in the media to mislead the public on the matter.

On Wednesday, the AICC spokesperson Rajeev Gowda indicated that the party was open to a CBI enquiry into the case.

“...Essentially, this particular issue will be dealt with as the investigation unfolds and if it turns that a CBI inquiry is appropriate, then the state government will take action,” Rajeev Gowda, a Rajya Sabha member from the state, had said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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