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IAS officer’s death: CM briefs Governor

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Bengaluru: Facing rising public anger over the mysterious death of an upright IAS officer with growing calls for a CBI probe, Karnataka Chief Siddaramaiah today met Governor Vajubhai Val and briefed him about the developments in the case.

“I have met the Governor. I have explained him about the developments in Ravi’s case till date,” Siddaramaiah told reporters after meeting the Governor at Raj Bhavan.

He said “Governor has heard what we have explained to him; we have told him investigation is going on and investigation has been handed over to CID.”

There has been a clamour for CBI probe from Opposition parties and the family of the IAS officer D K Ravi, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his flat on Monday.

Stepping up pressure, BJP and JDS MLAs had yesterday marched in a procession from Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, to Raj Bhavan and requested Governor to advise the Siddaramaiah Government to refer the case to CBI.

Home Minister K J George had made it clear after a cabinet meeting yesterday that there was no change in the stand of the government, which has come under attack from the Opposition and others for “stonewalling” central probe.

Speaking to reporters here, JDS leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today charged the Congress Government with trying to hush up truth behind the case by raking up the personal life of Ravi and dragging the name of a woman IAS officer who was his batchmate into the issue.

“The wish of six crore people of this state and media is that truth has to come out.In such a situation fresh feathers irrespective of its credibility are being added to the case,” he said.

He also accused the government of selectively floating information and stories in the media to mislead the public about this case

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