Karnataka IAS officer’s death rocks state Assembly, Oppn demands CBI probe

The Bangalore police have on the basis of a prima facie investigations called it a case of suspected suicide.

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Updated: March 17, 2015 4:56 pm
Karnataka IAS officer's death , Karnataka Assembly, CBI probe, BJP, Bangalore police, Karnataka Congress government Ravi’s body was found hanging at his ninth floor apartment in south Bangalore on Monday.

The death of a young, upright IAS officer under mysterious circumstances in Bangalore on Monday evening rocked the Karnataka legislative assembly.  On Tuesday morning, the opposition BJP demanded a CBI probe into the death and questioned the Congress government’s commitment to protecting honest officials in the state.

The 2009 batch IAS officer D K Ravi, 36, who was working as an additional commissioner for enforcement in the Commercial taxes department of the government was found dead at his ninth floor apartment in south Bangalore on Monday evening by his wife and father-in-law. The Bangalore police have on the basis of a prima facie investigations called it a case of suspected suicide.

“It is a case of murder not suicide. The government must find out who murdered an honest and upright officer like Ravi. How can a man with the resolve and dedication of Ravi commit suicide. We cannot believe it. The people cannot believe it,” said the leader of the opposition BJP in the legislative assembly, Jagadish Shettar, when he was allowed to speak on the issue on Tuesday morning.

“The death of the young IAS officer is an administrative crime. We need a free and fair probe to find out who or what lobby is responsible,” Shettar said while pointing out that the IAS officer had earned many enemies in the real estate and other lobbies with his drive to bring tax defaulters to book.

The BJP leader accused the Siddaramaiah lead Congress government in Karnataka of systematically letting down honest officers in the state. He cited the example of the transfer of D K Ravi from Kolar last year after he confronted the sand mafia in the region, the transfer of police officer B A Mahesh after he was instrumental in exposing a scam in the Bangalore corporation and the transfer of IAS officer and former director of the Administrative Training Institute in Mysore, Rashmi Mahesh, for questioning irregularities at the institute.

“The situation is worsening by the day in the state. At this rate the entire administration will collapse. Don’t you want honest officers in the government? The government must protect honest officers and the best way to send a message that the government is behind upright officers is to order a CBI probe in the death of the IAS officer,” Shettar said.

The opposition leader also questioned Bangalore police commissioner M N Reddi for ruling that the death was prima facie suicide even before the post mortem in the case was conducted. “How can the police commissioner rule it is suicide so early in the investigation. It is a highly irresponsible comment,” Shettar said.

Senior BJP leader S Suresh Kumar while speaking on the issue said that there were conflicts of interest in the state government where powerful persons in the government also had business interests.

The death of IAS officer Ravi has resulted in a day long bandh being observed in the Kolar district where he served earlier as the deputy commissioner and earned the adoration of the local population.

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  1. B
    Mar 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm
    We and India, as a country, WILL KEEP ON losing honest officers UNLESS we clean the 'system' as AAP is supposed to get engaged to. --------------------------------- Previously I used to think that it's better to reform any system being part of that system. But now after having more experience and exposure, I think you need few basic qualities to survive and flourish there in India. Opposing crime and corruption there has a huge risk. One must be well connected to powerful families or political party to do even his normal (consutional) duties, forget about doing something great. S/he also need good administrative and PR skill. Certainly this IAS officer did not have that, just like many more like Satyen Dubey and others. The first criteria (connected to powerful, successful families/parties) itself provoke crime and corruption, beginning of wrong upbringing. Honest parents and common families with decent sense of dignity and duty hardly have any chance to be successful and powerful there in India. You can check this one- "But after my recent experiences there, I do feel that it makes more practical sense to do something (for the country) if I am not part of that corrupt system. At least I am not accountable to that system and (mostly) beyond the reach of the custodians of the system there (who have their own interests to maintain the status-quo). I can insulate me and my family from the criminals and crimes ruling my country today, while contributing towards betterment of the society there" (source: Economic prosperity vs social disparity- dictates quality of life"- just google the le)
    1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
      Mar 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm
      Since CBI is also a caged parrot of the central government, there is no way the victim will get justice
      1. A
        Mar 20, 2015 at 3:50 pm
        I feel its all the game of politicians they are the rulers which ever angle they play they are the winners innocent public are fools like dancing dolls they charge us like a battery and watch the game thats it ....................................... End of the day money and honey both in their court general public suffer with all difficulties.
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          Anthonysudeep A
          Mar 17, 2015 at 5:14 pm
          The govt must ensure safety for the young honest leaders ,otherwise it's a threat to build corruption free country....
          1. A
            Mar 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm
            Who will do justice for the hero who fought for justice????
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