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MANOJ B. PATEL

IAS officer DK Ravi's 'shocking' death spark protests in Karnataka

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Agencies, New Delhi/Lucknow| Updated: Mar 17, 2015 13:58 IST

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IAS officer DK Ravi was found dead at his apartment under suspicious conditions in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)

 

 

A day after IAS officer DK Ravi was found dead at his official residence in Bengaluru, protests erupted in Bengaluru and Kolar and demands for a probe into his death poured in from all quarters on Tuesday.

 

People called for a shutdown in Kolar district of Karnataka, following the young officer's death. Kolar Police have deployed additional personnel to prevent the lockdown called by some organisations as a mark of respect for Ravi.

 

The protesters--mostly volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party and members of pro-Kannada group Jai Karnataka--demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation, reports said.

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) condemned Ravi's death and urged the Karnataka government to come out with the facts that led to his 'shocking' demise.

 

"The incident of a young IAS officer, who has been found dead in his apartment, is extremely shocking and intriguing. The fact that he was involved in some kind of a drive against builder mafia certainly raises many questions and suspicions. So far the information available does not give out any details about factors leading to his death," BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI.

 

"We certainly expect the state government and the state police to come out with case facts related to the death of the young officer. There have been several attempts of honest officers having been killed in the past, we hope the state government takes appropriate notice and immediately acts against the culprits, if any are involved," he said.

 

Ravi, a 2009 batch IAS officer, who had earned a reputation for being upright, had recently taken over as joint commissioner of Commercial Taxes.

 

He was chasing builders in the city who had been evading taxes for years, one of his colleagues told HT on the condition of anonymity. The same source also said that Ravi had collected more than Rs 100 crore in outstanding tax dues from the builders.

 

The 35-year-old had taken on the sand mafia as deputy commissioner of Kolar district.

 

In Lucknow, social activist Nutan Thakur also appealed for a thorough investigation into his death terming his death as "suspicious".

 

"The way Ravi ji's body has been found, the whole matter is obviously suspicious. The entire case should be thoroughly investigated. He took on the sand mafia and certain land mafias," said Thakur.

 

"I can very well understand how such an officer, who fights against corruption, is made to face many hurdles. They are threatened and all kinds of efforts are made to stop them. The unauthorised work involve huge amount of money. That's why the culprits make all kinds of efforts to stop them," she said.

 

IPS officer Amitabh Thakur asked Bengaluru Police to look into the case with "utmost seriousness".

 

"Now that such a large number of officers are losing the confidence of the people, the mysterious death of Ravi is a very sad and grave incident and it needs to be looked into very properly and in complete depth. I request the Bengaluru Police to take up the matter very seriously and to unearth all the facts behind the death," Thakur told ANI.

 

"It is a reality today that after the political mafia nexus, the officers many a times are under intense pressure and this leads to many kinds of situations, where officers are murdered in the way of their duty. Hence Ravi's death needs to be taken with utmost seriousness," he added.

 

According to police, preliminary investigations suggest that Ravi allegedly committed suicide.

 

"Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide. His body was found hanging from a ceiling fan," police commissioner MN Reddi told reporters.

 

He added that it was Ravi's wife who found his body found hanging from the ceiling. A special team has been formed to probe the case, he said.

 

To a query, Reddi said, "Prima facie, we do not see any room for foulplay."

 

Police said they are likely to analyse Ravi's mobile records, entry records of his apartment's reception, and CCTV cameras in the vicinity.

 

State home minister KJ George, energy minister DK Shiv Kumar, Congress lawmaker from Kolar district KR Ramesh Kumar and a dozen senior tax officials paid a visit to Ravi's family.

 

"I have spoken to (police) commissioner and have asked him to investigate the matter completely," George told reporters.

 

George said that all angles will be looked into to determine what caused Ravi's death. He also described the death as a great loss to the state of Karnataka.

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koteswararaonerella

Upright officers cannot survive in any state as present day politicians are themselves contractors,land and sand mafia supporters,rather participents themselves in some cases after amassing money through this type of mall practices they enter even assemblis or paeliament also in some cases or send their people and put pressure on genuine officers to toe their line or perish and this is the end result

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MANOJ B. PATEL

BENGALURU: As public anger mounted over the mysterious death of an upright IAS officer, his family has threatened to commit suicide if their demands are not met.

 

They also doubted police's claim that he committed suicide and hinted that he was under "political pressure", insisting on a CBI probe.

 

"My son wouldn't have committed suicide. He is not like that. He was strong hearted. My son was not a coward. I had not given birth to a son who could commit suicide," Gowramma, the mother of D K Ravi, whose death has sparked outrage and rattled the state administration, said.

 

READ ALSO: DK Ravi's death - Officer was planning raids on big developers, says activist

 

IAS officer DK Ravi who 'exposed tax frauds' found dead in Bengaluru

 

"He was a son of this country. I have a lost son of this country ...," an inconsolable Gowramma said, as the government came in the line of fire from the Opposition parties and others for the suicide theory given by police.

 

35-year-old Ravi, a popular bureaucrat for being honest and gutsy in taking on the sand and land mafia and tax evaders, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his room in a flat here on Monday evening, with the police saying it was a case of suicide prima facie.

 

Not buying the police version, the Opposition demanded a CBI probe, instead of CID inquiry as announced by the state government, to unravel the truth about the death of Ravi, additional commissioner of commercial taxes (Enforcement).

 

 

Body of DK Ravi, IAS officer, who was found mysteriously dead, brought to his father in laws residence in Nagabhavi for public display in Bengaluru wIfe Kusuma, Mother in law, father in law and others seen on Tuesday 17th March 2015. (TOI photo by KS Sridhar)

"My younger brother died because of political pressure," Ravi's brother Ramesh said as he broke down. "I don't know whether we will get justice," he said alleging it was a murder.

 

Ravi's father Kariyappa, Gowramma and Ramesh reached the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, and staged a dharna there demanding a CBI probe into Ravi's death.

 

"We only want a CBI probe. We want justice," Gowramma said, with the other two also echoing the same.

 

There should be an impartial inquiry into the incident, the IAS officer's father-in-law Hanumanthrayappa said.

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MANOJ B. PATEL

TOI, 19.3.2015.

NEW DELHI: Protests against the death of IAS officer DK Ravi continued in Karnataka on Thursday with the demand for CBI probe going stronger.

 

In Bengaluru, activists of Akhil Baharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the BJP, clashed with police.

 

ABVP activists came out on the streets in large numbers demanding CBI probe into the death case.

 

READ ALSO: IAS officers demand CBI probe into DK Ravi's death

 

Police resorted to lathicharge to rein in the protesters.

 

The BJP MLAs are scheduled to take out a protest march from Karnataka assembly to governor's house.

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koteswararaonerella

Inspite all these protest from all sides the CM -Siddaramaih is NOT WILLING TO HAND OVER THE CASE TO C.B.I.This is the strange decision -why any body need afraid for CBI enquiry

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MANOJ B. PATEL

Sir, i think it is clear thing that some persons connected with ruling party might have been involved in this case that is why they are not willing to transfer investigation to CBI.

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Prasad GLN

Dear Officer,

Your statement as Police officer is not proper.

How many such cases which were handled by CBI, real culprits have been booked and lobbying is there in every dept.,.

They may get a a plot in State Govt., in the name of their relative and such deaths are easily forgotten after some months.

There is no place for such upright officers in the Country, and they should be sent to proper places through these consignments. After all it is usual.

You might have seen that as the decision to handover the case to CID was taken in assembly, even Sonia's advice for publicity became futile.

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MANOJ B. PATEL

Samachar.com

 

DK Ravi suicide/murder: 2015-03-20 22:1o

 

What really happened the night that the honest and anti-corruption IAS officer DK Ravi decided to take his life in Bangalore? Truth be told we may never know.

 

It could have been a suicide, or it could have been a murder to end his fight against the sand Mafia. The country, in general, with its love for conspiracy theories has gone largely towards the latter. Though the former does have its supporters as well.

 

After holding out against a CBI investigation for days, the Karnataka Congress government is facing immense pressure for its stand. When a Kannada channel ran a poll asking viewers if the Karnataka government was refusing a CBI probe because it was afraid, an amazing 100% of the viewers agreed with that view.

 

As per latest reports, Sonia Gandhi has now 'advised' CM Siddaramiah to agree to a CBI probe. Perhaps he will. No announcement has come so far.

 

The side that has accepted that he was bumped off by a vengeful Mafia, which is in cahoots with the politicians have been on overdrive. And they have some important points.

 

Take this rather emotional piece from Citizen Matters, a local Bangalore issues based website, an ex-KAS officer Krishnaraja M Manjunath -

 

 

Read more at; Samachar Khayal | Samachar.com | Opinions, columns and thoughts from India

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harinder dhingra
A CBI enquiry is to be announced this week by Hon'ble CM of Karnataka.

 

Learned Mr. Manoj Patel Sir,

 

As the assembly is in session, the Hon'ble C M can not announce the transfer of the case to CBI and as such the same would be announced on Monday/Tuesday positively.

 

Let us hope the truth comes out.

 

harinder dhingra

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MANOJ B. PATEL

R/sir, thank you very much but you will not believe sir i am in depression after this unfortunate event. Sir, it is too much in our country when a IAS officer suicide.

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harinder dhingra
thank you very much but you will not believe sir i am in depression after this unfortunate event. Sir, it is too much in our country when a IAS officer suicide

 

Learned Mr. Manoj Patel Sir,

 

I share your anguish and concern but this is the reality. We have to work to that effect that such incidences do not happen ever.

 

Regards

 

harinder dhingra

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harinder dhingra
My presumption is correct, one of his intimate friend is active RTI Activist.

 

Learned Mr. G L N Prasad Sir,

 

Your assumptions are always correct but kindly enlighten the lessor mortals like undersigned as to how you came to this assumption and who that activist is?

 

I am curious to know Sir,

 

harinder dhingra

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Prasad GLN

I can just quote

An RTI activist, Ganesh S Koundinya said Ravi had contacted him on Thursday last. "I had a conversation with Ravi on Thursday and Friday, if I remember. He told me that he had conducted raids on some developers and housing societies and recovered Rs 400 crore as income tax ... Ravi was looking at raiding some big developers in Bangalore and he wanted to recover the evasion of taxes."

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koteswararaonerella

Now a NEW TWIST was given to the case by Bringing in one lady IAS officer of his batch that he has mis behaved with her( this type of politics will come to kill the case) and there by they want to kill the public support to him as if he is bad fellow.They will not leave the DEAD ALSO.

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MANOJ B. PATEL

TOI, 23.3.2015

 

The Karnataka High Court today restrained the state government from publishing any interim report of CID into the "unnatural death" of IAS officer D K Ravi, as protests raged for the sixth consecutive day demanding a CBI probe into it. The court order came at a special hearing at the residence of Justice Abdul Nazeer, ahead of the announcement tomorrow by the government of its stand on the issue of referring the case, now being probed by CID, to the CBI. The government was reportedly toying with the idea of making public an interim report of the CID in the Assembly. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had on Friday advised Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to order a CBI probe into the c asethat has stirred strong public sentiments, as Ravi had the image of being a gutsy officer who had taken on the sand and land mafia and tax evaders.

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Prasad GLN

The persons that were behind the incident are certainly smart, and manipulate any thing, believe me CBI finally decides that it is a love failure suicide and also stains/tarnishes the image of the victim by bringing personal life into the picture.

Unfortunately persons of high standing definitely are having some weakness, and that shadows the entire merit/achievements at the end.

The same attempts were made even in AP to tarnish the image of CBI DD Shri Laxminarayana, who is equally powerful and investigated the cases of GALI (MLA) and his links to Jagan. Both have their business at Karanataka, and political big wigs. Even in case of DD/CBI, they have obtained call lists of the official by filing information through some fake police officers at Nanded in Maharashtra. Finally they could not establish any thing and just transferred him to Thane as Commissioner of TMC.

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harinder dhingra

Learned Mr. G L N Prasad Sir,

 

Kindly see my post at # 8 & # 10 above.

 

This time the case is going to be with a very upright officer and results would be for everyone to see. Have patience Sir,

 

hd

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Prasad GLN

Hd. Saab,

 

Without reading all replies, I can never venture to reply.

Undoubtedly official has done some excellent piece of work and at his age most of his colleagues always try to do "chamcha" work for more money and promotions, whereas he revolted against them.

 

My submission is that if same kind of dedication and commitment is there in CBI, certainly one can expect justice. Otherwise, the main issue will be side tracked by bringing personal affairs into lime light.

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MANOJ B. PATEL

Mar 25 2015 : The Economic Times (Bangalore)

 

City CBI Has no Expertise in `Ravi' Case

 

 

Umesh Yadav

Bengaluru





LOOKING OUT Local unit handles graft cases & may seek other zones' help

The CBI team in Karnataka has no expertise in investigating cases such as the mysterious death of IAS officer DK Ravi. The CBI office in Bengaluru is a 75-member Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) trained to investigate economic crimes.

Given this, the Ravi case * which the government is entrusting to the CBI * will be handled by CBI officials from outside Karnataka. Chances are that the investigators may be appointed from the Chennai CBI zone -which has a crime branch -or a special team may be constituted in Delhi and dispatched to Bengaluru for the investigation.

 

Sources in the Bengaluru CBI office revealed that officers and staff posted here dealt with only cases of financial fraud and graft, and that they were not trained to investigate cases such as murder, suicide and rioting. Even in the two recent cases that the state handed over to the CBI -the 2012 rioting between advocates, media and the police at the City Civil Court and the 2012 murder of 17-year-old Soujanya, a student of SDM College in Ujjre in Dakshina Kannada -teams from outside the state were put in charge of the investigation.

 

Meanwhile, the Home Department passed the order on Tuesday evening officially asking the CBI to investigate the “unnatural death“ of Ravi.According sanction for the CBI to probe the case, the order states: “The CBI shall investigate the matter within three months and take necessary action.“

 

The state government has filed an interlocutory application before the High Court seeking to vacate the stay that prevented chief minister Siddaramaiah from tabling the preliminary report of the CID in the Legislature on Monday .

 

Additional Advocate General AS Ponnanna reiterated the government stand that the preliminary report should be tabled in the legislat u r e a s t h e g ove r n m e n t i s “answerable to the public“. Justice Abdul Nazeer observed that the CID report had become irrelevant as the government had decided to hand over the case for a fresh investigation to the CBI.

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harinder dhingra

Learned Mr. Manoj B Patel Sir,

 

Have patience and trust CBI to do its job. If they do not do it, we will raise our voice against them but till then let us give them some time.

 

harinder dhingra

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