IAS officer DK Ravi’s father-in-law has threatened to sue a publication over a story on the dead officer and his wife.
Talking to the press, Hanumantharayappa said that his daughter was traumatised by the “irresponsible” report and needs medical help.
“The relationship between my daughter and Ravi was very good and so were our ties with his family. We have never heard of any other woman in his life. I don’t know who is spreading these rumours. Even if it’s true, I don’t want it to come out like this.”
He also claimed that CM Siddaramaiah had assured him that the case will be handed over to the CBI on Monday.
He also dismissed an audio clip released on Saturday by former CM and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy, on the basis of which he claimed that Ravi was transferred from Kolar under political pressure.
The clip contains a purported phone conversation between a revenue official in Kolar and independent MLA Varthur Prakash. Prakash is heard threatening the officer and demanding withdrawal of a complaint against him and release his trucks containing illegally mined sand.
When the officer says he is under pressure from Ravi to follow rules, Prakash says, “Listen to me. He will be gone in two days. If you get suspended, he will not be able to save you... do as I say.”
Kumaraswamy claimed that Ravi was transferred two days after Prakash made this call and alleged that this was done by the government under pressure from the MLA.
Hanumantharaya, however, reiterated his earlier statements to the media and told HT, “I was the one who requested the CM to transfer Ravi. There was no pressure. I don’t want to make unnecessary allegations.”
Earlier, Siddaramaiah briefed the media at his residence and said, “[Congress President] Sonia Gandhi called me and I explained everything to her. Kumaraswamy is making politically motivated statements.”