As conspiracy theories fly thick and fast over the death of Karnataka IAS officer DK Ravi, a section of IPS officers is upset over the selective leaks to the media by some of their colleagues in the state police.
“Who said it’s a suicide?” asked a visibly irritated officer connected to the probe. A group of senior police officers, who spoke to HT Friday but didn’t want to come on record, felt that their reputation has only been sullied by the actions of their colleagues.
Asked about reports of Ravi having made over 40 phone calls to a female colleague before his death, an officer said, “How does that show this was a suicide for personal reasons?” He also said that Ravi’s cell phones were still being analysed. “Somebody said that he gave several missed calls. Anybody will tell you that Call Data Records (CDR) don’t show missed calls. It has to be figured out using sophisticated forensic tools. That process is not yet complete.”
One CBI officer tried to explain police commissioner M N Reddi’s initial reaction of a “Prima facie case of suicide”. He said that based on the evidence, one might call ita acase of suicide. “All this takes 15 minutes to figure out,” he said. At the same time, he argued that these factors remaining the same, somebody could well have drugged Ravi and hanged him.
Meanwhile, the Indian Civil and Administrative Service (Central) Association on Friday finally came out in support of their colleague, demanding a CBI probe into his death since the state police was prejudging the cause of death even before completing the investigation. “It is necessary to handover the investigation to CBI, so that an independent agency conducts a thorough scientific investigation and comes out with the real cause of death,” a resolution adopted by the association said.