Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Friday to hand over to the CBI the inquiry into the controversial death of an IAS officer this week that has triggered widespread protests against the state government.
DK Ravi, joint commissioner of vigilance with the commercial taxes department, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his Bengaluru apartment on Monday, triggering speculation that the 35-year-old had been murdered for standing up to Karnataka’s sand and real estate mafia.
The case has sparked outrage nationwide with violent protests against the Congress government in several parts of the state after it was revealed that Ravi had conducted raids on builders with connections to the state government.
"The Congress president has advised the Karnataka chief minister to hand over the inquiry into IAS officer D K Ravi's death to the CBI," party general secretary in-charge of the state Digvijaya Singh said.
A post-mortem report on Wednesday ruled out murder but an online plea started by Ravi’s colleagues asking for a central probe has gone viral, with over 1.3 million signatures.
The issue has also rocked the state assembly with repeated adjournments and the opposition BJP marching to the Raj Bhavan to ask the governor to recommend a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The state human rights commission had also asked for a central probe, saying an inquiry conducted by the CID “would not be fair and the CID police are likely to be influenced”.
Earlier in the day, Siddaramaiah met governor Vajubhai Val and briefed him about the case. "The governor heard what we have explained to him; we have told him the investigation is going on and the investigation has been handed over to the CID," the CM said.
Home minister Rajnath Singh had already indicated on Wednesday the Centre was ready for a CBI probe.