Protests over DK Ravi's death: As it happened

The controversy surrounding the mysterious death of senior IAS officer DK Ravi refuses to die down as the Opposition continues to blame the Karnataka government of a foul play amid growing demands for a CBI probe into the case and his family members categorically rejecting the 'suicide theory'.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015, 23:29 PM IST
Protests over DK Ravi's death: As it happened

Bengaluru: The controversy surrounding the mysterious death of senior IAS officer DK Ravi refuses to die down as the Opposition continues to blame the Karnataka government of a foul play amid growing demands for a CBI probe into the case and his family members categorically rejecting the 'suicide theory'.

Here are the Live Updates:

  • Karnataka govt should be given a chance: DG Rao
  • Definitely our govt will see that a proper investigation will take place: DG Rao, Minister, Karnataka govt
  • Karnataka Home Minister KJ George says no to CBI probe in DK Ravi death case
  • Karnataka Cabinet has decided not to hand over DK Ravi's death case to the CBI, reports ANI
  • DK Ravi's parents to protest again if CBI probe not ordered in next three days: HD Kumaraswamy
  • Karnataka IAS officers seek PM Modi's intervention in DK Ravi's case, demand CBI inquiry
  • Karnataka Additional Chief Secretary M Madan Gopal signs online petition demanding CBI probe into IAS officer's death case, claim media reports.

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  • Submitted memorandum regarding death of DK Ravi, urged Karnataka Guv to direct Govt to handover case to CBI: Jagadish Shettar

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  • Cabinet meeting in Karnataka over DK Ravi case underway  
  • Karnataka govt has to submit its report within two days: Rajnath Singh
  • Govt is ready for a CBI probe into D K Ravikumar's death, says Rajnath Singh in Parliament
  • Expressed our views to HM, family members of IAS officer DK Ravi are also demanding CBI probe: Sadananda Gowda, Union Law Minister
  • DK Ravi death case discussed in Parliament, adjourned
  • BJP, JDS MLAs hold protest march from Assembly to Governor house demanding CBI probe into DK Ravi's death
  • Some senior IAS officers had directly requested the PM, President to interfere: HD Kumaraswamy
  • We are going to request Guv to convince govt to hand this case to CBI: Kumaraswamy, JDS
  • ABVP protest turns violent, police resorting to lathi-charge to disperse protesters
  • BJP MLAs to begin protest march from Karnataka Assembly to Governor’s  house over DK Ravi's death case
  • BJP MLAs protest demanding CBI probe into DK Ravi's death in Karnataka Assembly premises
  • Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to hold cabinet meet shortly, decision on transferring DK Ravi's death case to CBI will be taken
  • Karnataka Assembly adjourned till Monday following uproar over IAS DK Ravi death case.
  • The police is investigating, if Govt fails to do anything only then should they ask for CBI inquiry:Naresh Agrawal
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, advises him to hand over DK Ravi case to the CBI, claim media reports
  • Opposition MLAs continue their dharna outside state assembly, demand CBI inquiry into the case.
  • When family members of DK Ravi are demanding CBI probe, CM should refer it to CBI: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP
  • BJP Karnataka MPs protest demanding CBI inquiry into DK Ravi's death case in Parliament

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  • Demand of family members of DK Ravi is justifiable, BJP equally demands CBI probe: Siddharth Nath Singh, BJP
  • DK Ravi was fighting against vested interests, CBI inquiry important to bring out truth: Nalin Kohli, BJP
  • If truth has to come out, CBI probe crucial in DK Ravi death case, says BJP
  • The credibility of this system is at stake: M Madan Gopal, Additional Chief Secretary, Karnataka
  • As a bureaucrat we all want to know what was the cause of his death: M Madan Gopal Additional Chief Secretary, Karnataka  

DK Ravi death case: Developments so far

Amidst rising public anger over the mysterious death of DK Ravi, several IAS officers in Karnataka yesterday signed an online petition addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a probe by the CBI. At least 13.58 lakh people have so far signed the online campaign, being undertaken by a voluntary trust Uttishta Bharatha.

Speaking to PTI, Additional Chief Secretary (Environment, Forest and Ecology) M Madana Gopal said the case should be handed over to the CBI for inquiry even as there are attempts from some quarters to assassinate the character of the IAS officer.

Gopal, however, said in no way he was questioning and doubting the credentials of state-run investigating agencies. "This does not mean we, IAS officers, are against and suspecting the abilities of the state investigative agencies. They are able, but this case is of different genre and should be given to an independent agency," the IAS officer said.

Ravi's brother Ramesh, sister Bharthi, father Kariyappa and mother Gowramma said they want justice for their son, who had struck fear in the land and sand mafia and tax evaders.

A delegation of BJP MPs led by Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and insisted for a CBI probe. After meeting Singh, Gowda, a former chief minister of Karnataka, accused the Congress government in Karnataka of trying to "hush up" the case by making it look like a "suicide". 

36-year old D K Ravi, Additional Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room at his flat here on Monday, with police suspecting it to be a case of suicide prima facie. Sticking to their guns, the Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly continued their dharna for the second day on Wednesday demanding a CBI probe but the state government refused to yield, maintaining a CID probe would do.

The young and upright IAS officer had taken on the sand mafia during his tenure as district collector in Kolar and was reportedly still getting threats. Last year, he was deputed to the Commercial Tax department. He was investigating real estate majors and big jewellers for alleged tax evasion and had conducted several big raids.