As public outrage grew over the mysterious death of an upright IAS officer, his family refused to accept he had committed suicide,suspecting it to be murder, and demanded a CBI probe, an issue on which opposition stalled the Assembly proceedings for the second day on Wednesday.
With emotions running high, IAS officer DK Ravi’s family in a sudden move, staged a dharna in front of the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, demanding “justice” and a probe by CBI, even as the government refused to budge to a similar demand by the Opposition parties in the Assembly.
Ravi’s father Kariyappa, mother Gowramma and brother Ramesh staged a protest in front of the Vidhana Soudha and threatened suicide if their demand was not met, a development that brought a rattled administration under more pressure.
“We only want a CBI probe. We want justice,’ Gowramma said, with the other two also echoing the same, as the family hinted at “political pressure” on Ravi, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan at a room in his apartment on Monday evening, with government saying it was prima facie a case of suicide.
“We don’t want to meet anyone, we want justice, and if they don’t give us justice we will commit suicide here,” Gowramma said.
Ramesh said, “It is not suicide, I suspect it to be murder... we don’t know who has murdered him, so investigation has to be handed over to CBI only then we will know the truth behind it.”
“Our agitation will continue, we have said that our family will commit suicide if we don’t get justice.”
Sticking to their guns, the Opposition continued their nightlong dharna in the Assembly for the second day today demanding a CBI probe but the government refused to yield, maintaining a CID investigation would do.
As the House met for the day, members of both BJP and JDS assembled in the well of the House shouting slogans against the government demanding a CBI inquiry, alleging that attempts were being made to “hush up” the case.
“This is not a case to be handed over to CBI,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters outside the Assembly.