IAS officer's death: Karnataka HC stays tabling of CID report

Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Sunday evening stayed the tabling of the CID's interim report on the mysterious death of IAS officer D.K. Ravi by the state government in the legislature on Monday till the inquiry was completed.

DK Ravi
DK Ravi. File pic/ PTI

DK Ravi. File pic/ PTI

At a special hearing at his residence here, Justice Adbul Nazeer directed the state government and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) not to make statements on the interim report or table it in the legislative assembly.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had decided to table the CID's interim report in the assembly on Monday and share with lawmakers the findings of the investigation into Ravi's death, which police prime facie said was a case of suicide.

The order was passed on an emergency writ petition filed by the husband of a woman IAS officer whom Ravi had reportedly called many times and sent messages to her mobile phone before allegedly hanging himself from a ceiling fan at his apartment here on March 16.

Passing the order under Article 226 of the Constitution, the judge also served an emergency notice to state Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee, the CID and the director general of police (DGP) to appear in his court on Monday afternoon for further hearing on the petition.

The writ petition against making the inconclusive report public was moved to prevent damage to the reputation of the lady officer and her family.

"We have told the court that when the forensic science lab (FSL) findings in the case had not reached the CID, it was not right to make public any report on it, which may tarnish the image of the petitioner's wife," the petitioner's counsel said in a statement.

There is also a Supreme Court ruling against making interim reports public in such sensitive cases before the investigation was completed.

The CID probe was ordered on March 17, a day after 36-year-old Ravi was found dead in his apartment, which police termed a case of suicide for "personal reasons".

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.

Demanding a CBI probe into Ravi's death, lawmakers of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal-Secular disrupted proceedings in both the legislative assembly and the legislative council (upper house) since March 17 and forced their adjournment till March 23.

Asserting that his government was not trying to protect anyone or hide anything from the public, Siddaramaiah said as the case was registered under a specific section pertaining to suicide and not under murder or homicide, the CID was told to probe it for the truth to come out early.

"We are not going to protect anybody nor hide anything because we are also keen that the truth about Ravi's death should come for the sake of justice," Siddaramaiah said.

Sharing the concern of Ravi's family, especially his parents, who also staged a protest at the state secretariat on March 18 demanding a CBI probe into their son's death, the chief minister said justice would be done at any cost.

"The state government will do its best to suitably compensate the family for the loss of Ravi, a bright officer, in mysterious circumstances," he added.

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