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Karnataka gives in to demand for CBI probe in Ravi’s death

Karnataka gives in to demand for CBI probe in Ravi’s death
Facing rising public outcry and pressure from Opposition, the Siddaramaiah government on Monday recommended a CBI probe into the mysterious death of upright IAS officer D K Ravi and asserted that it never intended to hush up the case or protect anyone.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the decision in the Assembly, saying it was being done "respecting the feelings of Ravi's parents and public". There have been state-wide protests demanding a CBI probe into the death of 35-year old D K Ravi with Opposition gunning for the Chief Minister and even the Congress central leadership nudging him.

"I have understood the feeling of Ravi's parents. I have understood the feelings of people of this state. I respect the sentiments of the people and his parents...," said Siddaramaiah, as his government came under rising pressure each day on the issue which has triggered a political firestorm.

"The truth has to come out and those who have committed wrong have to be exposed and they have to be punished...," the chief minister said.

The decision comes a week after Ravi was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his flat here on Monday last.

The government had maintained that it was prima facie a case of suicide even as the Opposition questioning the "haste" in declaring it so, and handed over the case to Criminal Investigation Department.

"We believe in people's power. We believe in respecting public sentiments," said the Chief Minister, who said he had initially thought of placing the CID report on Monday but was not doing so following a High Court order.

At a special hearing yesterday, the Karnataka High Court had restrained the state government from publishing an interim report of CID into the "unnatural death" of Ravi.

Family welcomes govt decision

The family of IAS officer D K Ravi on Monday welcomed Karnataka government's decision to recommend a CBI probe into his mysterious death and voiced hope that truth will come out from the investigation. The family, which had suspected foul play and rejected the suicide theory, promised their cooperation to the central agency.

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