Updated: April 6, 2015 5:22:17 pm
The CBI on Monday told the centre that the Karnataka government’s demand to complete the probe into the death of IAS officer D K Ravi within three months is “not acceptable’’, and asked for a revised notification on the transfer of the probe to the agency.
The CBI is willing to accept the case once the three-month condition is removed from the notification it has received from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and a fresh notification is issued, CBI officers said.
CBI sources said that the agency has written to the DoPT urging for a revised notification. “We have not refused to investigate the case. However, it is not acceptable for the CBI to accept a case with conditions laid down on the time-frame of the investigation process. We do not yet know the dimensions of the case and cannot say how long the investigation will take. It is unacceptable to commit to a three-month period. It is not a mere question of filing a report,” said a CBI source.
“There is no legal basis to set such a time period for completion of a CBI probe. We have asked the DoPT to issue a revised notification that does away with this three-month condition. If we receive a revised notification, there should not be any issues in accepting the case,” the source added.
Ravi, 36, who took on the land mafia and realtors, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment in Bangalore on March 16. While the Bangalore police believe he committed suicide, his wife and parents have said he could not have taken his own life.
The IAS officer’s death sparked a major controversy with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah initially refusing to seek a CBI probe in the case, which is being investigated by the Karnataka CID. Later, with the Opposition in the state clamouring for a CBI probe, the CM formally sought a CBI investigation. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had also advised Siddaramaiah to hand over the probe to the CBI.
The state government had maintained that Ravi’s death prima facie seemed to be a case of suicide, but the opposition parties and the family of the IAS officer have refused to accept the theory.
Ravi’s family had raised doubts over the police claim that he committed suicide, saying that he was under “political pressure”.
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