Will he, won't he?

Pressure mounts on Siddaramaiah to hand over Ravi death case to CBI

Will he, won't he?
 All eyes will be on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday on whether he will announce a CBI probe into IAS officer D K Ravi’s death.

Besides the Opposition, Siddaramaiah has been under tremendous pressure from various organisations and public forums to hand over the case to the CBI.

Some of his own party men including AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and KPCC President G Parameshwara have said the chief minister needs to pay heed to public sentiment and order a CBI probe. It is learnt that Congress President Sonia Gandhi too had advised the chief minister to hand over the case to the central agency.

It has been a week since people from various walks of life have been staging protests demanding justice for 36-year-old D K Ravi. The officer was found hanging to a fan in his apartment in Bengaluru on Monday last. Police have said it is prima facie a case of suicide which has been vehemently contested by his family and others.

The Opposition BJP and JD(S) had stalled legislature proceedings for three days last week demanding CBI probe. They have been accusing the State government of trying to cover up the case to protect the land and sand mafia.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru on Saturday, Siddaramaiah said his government was not protecting anybody or hiding anything.  Siddaramaiah said the CID, now investigating the case, was also an independent body like the CBI.

“We are particular that the truth should come out,” he said and added that as the legislature session was on, he would spell out the government stand on the floor of the House. Parameshwara was more forthcoming.

Speaking to reporters after meeting the parents of Ravi in Doddakoppalu, the birth place of deceased IAS officer, in Tumakuru, Parameshwara said: “All want the truth to come out. Let there be no further delay....AICC leaders have also advised the chief minister on the matter.  I request the chief minister that CBI probe be initiated,” he said.

Siddaramaiah has called an informal meeting of his Cabinet colleagues ahead of Monday’s assembly session, which is scheduled to commence at 11 am. All Congress legislators have been directed to attend the session on Monday. BJP is holding its legislature party meeting on Monday morning.

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