In a new twist to the mysterious death of IAS officer DK Ravi, his father-in-law Hanumanthrayappa alleged on Wednesday that the state’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which initially handled the case, erased sensitive evidence before handing over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Hanumanthrayappa claimed that the CID deleted some of the CCTV footage accessed from the digital video recorder installed at Ravi’s residence.
Facing rising public anger into the controversial death of Ravi, an IAS officer who took on Karnataka’s real estate and sand lobbies, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had on Monday announced the government’s decision to hand over the case to the CBI, saying the government had nothing to hide and was not protecting anyone.
“Two days after Ravi’s death, the CID took away the footage and returned it on March 23. I was shocked to see the footage recorded before 10.30 am on March 16 was deleted,” Hanumanthrayappa said.
Ravi was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Koramangala apartment on March 16.
Asked to throw light on what could be the vital contents in the deleted footage, Hanumanthrayappa said, “I would be able to say only after I can get to see the deleted portion.”
Hanumanthrayappa said he has asked his technician to help him retrieve the deleted footage, which is possible.
Asked if he suspected the intentions of the state government, which allegedly is trying to give a different angle to Ravi’s death,
Hanumanthrayappa said, “I do not want to comment on it for now because the investigation is on. However, I would make a comment once I watch the retrieved video footage.”