Stories about IAS officer’s death case ‘politically influenced’: Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru, Mar. 21 (ANI): Former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday criticized Siddaramaiah-led Karnataka Government for floating baseless stories to cover up the death case of IAS officer D K Ravi and said that the findings of the investigation should not be made public until a chargesheet has been filed in the matter.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy
Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy
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“The stories floating around about this case are politically influenced. The state government and its officials are floating these stories to cover the truth,” he said.

Kumaraswamy further said the Supreme Court has said that when a matter is under investigation, no statements should be made about it.

“The findings of the investigation should not be made public until a chargesheet has been filed in the case. But you (Siddaramaiah) have violated all that and floated many stories in various media,” said Kumaraswamy.

“A couple of days back in an interview you spoke about office matters related DK Ravi and about the phone calls made by him. Today the stories about his marriage are making rounds in the newspaper. Is this what your CID investigations are revealing?” he asked.

Blasting the opposition for making baseless allegations to gain political mileage, Siddaramaiah earlier in the day said he had promised the IAS officer’s parents that the truth regarding his death would come out.

“H D Kumaraswamy said ‘I went to tamper post mortem reports when I paid respect to DK Ravi’s body’, comments for political mileage. The government will not hide anything, will not protect anyone. I have been in politics for thirty five years, I understand people’s sentiments and respect them, more importantly I promised his parents that I will get the truth,” said Siddaramaiah.

“Opposition is making allegations for sake of politics. I am not interested in burying the truth, that’s not my business. We also want the truth to come out, that’s what I have promised to the parents,” he added.

Siddaramaiah is believed to have decided to refer the IAS officer’s death probe to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The Chief Minister, who is expected to announce the CBI probe into the IAS officer’s death on the floor of the state assembly on Monday, had earlier been advised by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to do the same.

Ravi, who was an Additional Commissioner on deputation with the Commercial Tax department, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his house last Monday.

His death has resulted in widespread protests all over Karnataka, with politically parties, predominantly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), calling for a CBI investigation into the matter.