New Delhi: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urging him to recommend CBI probe into the mysterious death of IAS office DK Ravi.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also spoken to Siddaramaiah advising that the state should opt for a CBI inquiry.
The central government is ready for a CBI inquiry into the death of Karnataka IAS officer D.K. Ravi if the state government wants, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.
Making an intervention during zero hour in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh said a delegation of parliament members met him and demanded that a CBI inquiry be initiated into the incident.
"Some senior IAS officers have also raised this demand," he said.
The home minister said: "I have spoken with the Karnataka chief minister and he has said he will send a detailed report within a couple of days".
"If the state government wants (CBI probe), then as soon as I get a representation from them, we will be ready for a CBI inquiry".
The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha on Thursday by BJP member Prahlad Joshi, who is from Karnataka.
Joshi said: "We met Rajnath Singh to apprise him of the situation and how people are been treated there (Karnataka)".
"I demand a CBI inquiry," he said, adding that the parents of the officer are also demanding it.
"The CID works under home minister of Karnataka against whom fingers are being raised," Joshi said.
Joshi's comments led to a protest by Congress members in the house. Amid the uproar, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house briefly for 15 minutes.
Sources told India TV that the state government has decided to change its stand on this issue and it may now agree to handover the probe to CBI.
Today, the Opposition members once again created uproar in the Karnataka Assembly demanding a CBI probe in the incident. Following this, the Assembly was adjourned till Monday 11 am.
The latest development came after Chief Minister's yesterday decision to refuse demand of CBI probe. He had said, "This is not a case to be handed over to CBI."
35-year-old Ravi, a popular bureaucrat for being honest and gutsy in taking on the sand and land mafia and tax evaders, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his room in a flat here on Monday evening.
Yesterday, IAS officers from state had signed an online petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for their demand of CBI probe.
The case is currently with the state Criminal Investigation Department.