Bengaluru: The Karnataka government today recommended handing over the mysterious death case of IAS office DK Ravi to CBI. This is also the first time in the history of India that a case was handed over to the federal investigative agency within a week of crime.
Karnataka Home Minister KJ George, who had earlier said that the 36-year-old official took the extreme step owing to personal reasons, today said that this is the first time that within 7-8 days a case has been handed over to CBI.
Announcing the decision on the floor of Vidhan Soudha, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, "We are handing over the probe of Ravi's death to CBI not because of the pressure from the opposition parties but keeping in view the feelings of his family."
Ravi's death triggered public outrage after police prima facie termed it a case of suicide. He was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment on Mach 16.
Initially, the state government had ruled out handing over the case to the central probe agency saying 'this is not a case to be handed over to CBI'.
The probe by the CID was ordered by the state government on March 17, a day after the 36-year-old Ravi was found dead under mysterious circumstances.
The 2009 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was additional commissioner in the commercial tax department in the city since December 2014. Prior to that he was Deputy commissioner of Kolar District where he had built a reputation of being an upright officer for reining in the sand and land of mafias.
Yesterday evening, the Karnataka High Court ordered a stay on the tabling of CID's interim report on Ravi's death by the government till the inquiry was completed.