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DK Ravi’s family wants fresh probe into his death

Rayan Mitra

DK Ravi's family at a conference in Bangalore Press Club.

The family of IAS officer D.K. Ravi on Friday demanded a re-investigation of his death, and asked the CBI to share with it papers of its inquiry into his death.

A different wing of the CBI or a judge should re-investigate the matter, they said.
Ravi was found hanging at his official residence in Bengaluru on March 16, 2015. Following claims that the popular IAS officer was killed because he took on land and sand mafia, the state government handed the investigation to the CBI a week later.

The central agency concluded that Ravi committed suicide due to personal reasons.

“The CBI did not use the brain mapping method which would have given them a lead in the case. There were injection marks in his neck,” Devaraja, the family’s lawyer, said in Bengaluru.

A repeat postmortem was not conducted as demanded by the family. The CBI did not bother to check the call details of the suspect, the lawyer said at a news conference he addressed along with Ravi’s mother and other relatives.

Ravi’s mother, flanked by her husband and lawyer Devaraja, claimed that was not a suicide. “There were injection marks on the neck of my son. Moreover, the fan he hanged himself from did not bend. It was a murder,” she said.

An emotional Gowramma claimed there were delays in the investigation process and there was an attempt to hide important information. “It has been more than two years since my son was killed but justice has still not been done.”

The family plans to file a petition in the Karnataka High Court demanding the investigation files. “We believe justice will be done,” the lawyer said.

Devaraja said that according to the CBI, then home minister K.J. George was interested in the case for his “selfish reasons”.

When The Observer called George for his reaction, he said he was in the assembly and could not answer questions.

Asked about claims that the family is using Ravi’s death to further its political aspirations, Murali Gowda, state president of the D.K. Ravi Fans’ Association said: “The damage was done by state-owned media, but we know what we are fighting for.”

Gowramma had spoken about contesting elections, Murali said. “The Fans’ Association will contest in all the six taluks of Kolar district.”  Gowramma will not contest, but will decide the candidates.