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IAS officer’s death: State govt refuses to budge on CBI probe

IAS officer’s death:  State govt refuses to budge on CBI probe
As public anger escalated with the demand of family of the officer DK Ravi for a CBI probe resonating across the state amidst continuing protests, Home Minister KJ George made it clear after a cabinet meeting that there was no change in the stand of the government, which has come under attack from the Opposition and others for “stonewalling” central probe.

“Whatever decision we have taken on the floor of the House (Assembly), that is the decision and we will stick to it,” George said.

In Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said if the state government recommends a CBI probe, the Centre will immediately order an inquiry by the central agency.

The issue was raised by a delegation of MPs who met him and Karnataka CM has informed him that after receiving more details, he would send a detailed report to the Centre, Singh said as BJP state unit President Prahlad Joshi raised the matter. Ratcheting up pressure, BJP and JDS MLAs marched in a procession from Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, to Raj Bhavan and requested Governor Vajubhai Vala to advise the Siddaramaiah Government to refer the case to CBI.

The march came after members of both parties stalled proceedings in the Assembly as they continued their round-the-clock dharna for the third day, forcing adjournment of the House till March 23.

As the Assembly met, BJP and JDS members raised slogans insisting on a CBI probe but the state government refused to budge. Amidst the din, the House was abruptly adjourned.

Accusing the government of trying to “hush up” the case, Opposition parties on Thursday sought Governor’s intervention for a CBI probe into the death of the officer, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan at a room in his apartment on March 16.

“We have petitioned him (Governor) that this mysterious death should be investigated only by CBI. We have told him that with an intention to hush up this issue government is not willing to hand over this issue to CBI,” Opposition BJP leader in the Assembly, Jagadish Shettar told reporters after they met Vala. Charging the Congress Government with trying to hush up the case, Shettar said, “there is vested interest behind this case, politicians and big people are behind this. Truth behind this mysterious death has to come out. Hence we are demanding a CBI inquiry and we have apprised the Governor about it.”

Central government ready to order CBI probe

The Centre on Thursday said it was ready to order a CBI probe into the death of a Karnataka IAS officer as soon as the state government recommends it, as the Lok Sabha witnessed heated exchanges between the Congress and the BJP MPs on the issue.

The House also witnessed a spat between members of several parties over the law and order situation in states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The House had to be adjourned for 15 minutes due to the pandemonium. The issue was raised during Zero Hour by Prahlad Joshi (BJP) who said the law and order situation in Karnataka was in a bad shape and the state government has not accepted the demands of the parents of the 35-year old officer, DK Ravikumar, to recommend a CBI probe.
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