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Ready for CBI probe into DK Ravi's death if Karnataka government demands: Rajnath

Mar 19, 2015 02:40 PM IST India India

Bengaluru: Not just in Karnataka Assembly but the case of the mysterious death of Indian Administrative officer DK Ravi was raised in Lok Sabha too. Addressing the House, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Central government has no objection to a probe into the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

"If state government will demand it, we are ready for a CBI enquiry," Rajnath 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.

Voices of uproar were also heard in the state Assembly leading to its adjournment till Monday. Ravi's parents had also protested outside Karnataka Vidhan Souda demanding a CBI probe into his death. They have been claiming that their son had informed them that he was under a lot of pressure. Karnataka Opposition members also met the Governor.

"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.

Rejecting earlier reports of his transfer, IGP CID Pronab Mohanty probing Ravi's murder case, has been asked to continue supervising the investigation. 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. 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.