The Karnataka government has recommended a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of IAS officer D K Ravi, who was found dead in Bengaluru recently.
Making the announcement, Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah said that the government would give a status report on the probe into the case while Assembly is in session. Denying any government role in the issue, he clarified that the state government was not trying to cover up or protect anyone.
Earlier, a CID probe was ordered on March 17, a day after 36-year-old Ravi was found dead in his apartment, which police termed as a case of suicide for "personal reasons".
This came even as Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote to the IAS officer's wife, assuring her of a fair probe. Gandhi's letter was in response to an open letter by Ravi's mother, requesting her intervention in the probe.
Ravi's mother had, in the open letter, said that she was suffering the same pain that Gandhi would have faced after the assassination of her husband and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The 2009 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer was additional commissioner in the commercial tax department in the city since December 2014 after being transferred from Kolar district, about 100 km away, where he as the as deputy commissioner had built a reputation of being an upright officer for reining in the sand and land mafias.