NEW DELHI – Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, has asked Siddaramaiah, chief minister of Karnataka, to hand over inquiry duties to CBI as the outrage grows after the death of the IAS officer DK Ravikumar.
Hours after Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to hand over the probe into the death of IAS officer DK Ravikumar to CBI, the state government is all set to do so, said sources.
The state government is likely to order the CBI probe on Monday, sources said.
“The Congress president advised the Karnataka Chief Minister to hand over the inquiry into IAS officer D K Ravi’s death to CBI,” party general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Digvijaya Singh said.
The Opposition as well as Mr Ravikumar’s family have been demanding a CBI investigation into IAS officer’s death but the Karnataka government has so far maintained that the probe will be done by the CID.
Mr Siddaramaiah, meanwhile, met Governor Vajubhai Val in Bengaluru on Friday and briefed him about the developments in the case.
“The Governor has heard what we have explained to him; we have told him the investigation is going on and the investigation has been handed over to CID,” Mr Siddaramaiah said after the meeting.
The lawmakers of opposition BJP and Janata Dal (Secular) had on Thursday marched in a procession from Vidhana Soudha to Raj Bhavan and requested the Governor to advise the Karnataka government to refer the case to CBI.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Thursday that he is ready to order a CBI investigation into the death of IAS officer DK Ravi if the Karnataka Chief Minister recommends it. Sources told NDTV that he also spoke to Mr Siddaramaiah and advised him to opt for a CBI inquiry.
But emerging from a Cabinet meeting yesterday evening, the state’s Home Minister K J George said the issue was not discussed. “Whatever decision has been taken on the floor of the House, we will stand by that,” he said, reiterating that the state’s Criminal Investigation Department or CID is well-equipped to handle the DK Ravi case.
Mr Ravi was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his Bengaluru apartment on Monday. The police have so far maintained that it is “prima facie a case of suicide,” a premise questioned by many including his family and friends.