Published On: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015

IAS Officer’s Death: Batch mate’s husband appeals against CID probe, HC stays its tabling

The Karnataka High Court on Sunday stayed the tabling of the CID interim report on the mysterious death of IAS officer D K Ravi in the Legislative Assembly today.

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The move came after a petition was filed by Sudhir Reddy, the the husband of a batch mate of Ravi, 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.

Sudhir Reddy also urged the court to issue directions to restrain the media from publishing or telecasting news affecting the the reputation of the woman IAS officer and her family. However, the court will decide on this issue today.

Meanwhile, Ravi’s batch mate broke her silence on the incident with a post on her Facebook page stating “Truth shall prevail”. The CID had questioned her on Friday.

Holding a special hearing, at his residence, 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 assembly.

The order stated, “The respondents are restrained from making or publishing any interim report or making any public statement pertaining to the investigation being conducted with regard to the unnatural death of late D K Ravi, an IAS officer, pending disposal of this writ petition. This, however, will not prevent the respondents from continuing with the investigation.”

The respondents in the case are the government represented by Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee. Additional Chief Secretary (Home), DGP and IGP Omprakash and CID, which is investigating Ravi’s death.

The court will hear the matter today at 2.30 pm, accordingly, the Judge also summoned the respondents to appear before the court today.

Meanwhile, the chorus for CBI probe into the death of the 35-year-old officer continued with protests by public and opposition parties snowballing.

Facing increasing heat over the demand for a CBI probe, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had asserted Saturday that the government was not protecting anybody and would make its stand known in the Assembly today.

According to above circumstances, the CBI probe into the case may be declared today in the state Legislative Assembly.

TST

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