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Karnataka Home Minister says no to CBI probe in IAS officer DK Ravi's death case

Mar 19, 2015 04:53 PM IST India India

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government is not bowing down to any pressure in the mysterious death case of IAS officer DK Ravi. State Home Minister KJ George on Thursday said no to a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation in the death case.

Ravi's parents are vociferously demanding CBI probe and threatened suicide if their deamnds are not met. The family sat in protest outside the state Assembly voicing their demands. They have been claiming that their son had informed them that he was under a lot of pressure.

"The parents are also demanding a CBI probe. There are so many people in the state who are asking for it. As the CM of the state, is it not Siddaramaiah's responsibility to fulfill their demand," BJP leader Sadananda Gowda questioned.

The issue also rocked the Lok Sabha and Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Central government has no objection to a probe into the case by the CBI. "If state government will demand it, we are ready for a CBI enquiry," Singh said.

Meanwhile, seeking a probe by the CBI, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members came out on the streets in Bengaluru. Protestors burnt effigies and had to be lathicharged by the police. Several people from the agitating crowd have been detained to control the situation.

Rejecting earlier reports of transfer of investigating officer IGP CID Pronab Mohanty probing Ravi's murder case, the government said he will not be relieved of his duties as IGP CID and chief investigating officer in the case as ordered earlier.

"His transfer was decided 15 days ago. It is not linked to present case. It was a routine transfer. However the government has decided to retain him as chief investigating officer in DK Ravi death case," said Karnataka DGP Om Prakash on Wednesday.

The Karnataka government had transferred Mohanty inviting allegations of foul play by opposition and the media. The DGP denied reports and clarified that Mohanty will continue to supervise the death investigation.