Karnataka Home Minister K J George has said that there is strong evidence to prove that IAS officer D K Ravi committed suicide due to personal reasons. In his reply to the Legislative Assembly today, he said that the officer was found hanging from the ceiling fan by his wife and father-in-law on Monday evening and investigation alone will throw more light on reasons for his death.
The Chief Minister did not agree to hand over the incident to CBI and said that the state CID will look into the investigation. The Opposition members, comprising BJP and JD (S) insisted on CBI inquiry and trooped into the Well of the House. The BJP floor leader Jagadish Shettar said that the incident cannot be taken lightly and the matter should be handed over to CBI.
The JD (S) floor leader H D Kumaraswamy too insisted that CBI the inquiry alone can bring out the truth. When the Opposition did not leave the well of the House, Speaker Kagodu Thimappa adjourned the House for some time.
35-year-old IAS officer DK Ravi, who had earned a reputation for being upright, had recently taken over as joint commissioner of Commercial Taxes. His untimely death has raised several questions. Most of them are yet to be answered.
As Deputy Commissioner of Kolar district, Ravi, a 2009 batch IAS officer, took on the sand mafia and had put an end to it during his term there. He had an open door policy for the poor and tried to eliminate corruption during his tenure.
Ravi’s death has led to unprecedented protests across Karnataka. Villagers in Kolar, Koppal and Gulbarga districts have blocked roads demanding that the culprits be brought to justice.