Bengaluru, March 19: Karnataka DGP Om Prakash on Wednesday said that IGP CID Pronab Mohanty will continue to supervise investigation into the death of IAS officer DK Ravi.
Prakash said that Mohanty will not be relieved of his duties and will be chief investigating officer in the case.
"His transfer was decided 15 days ago. Not linked to present case. It was a routine transfer. But, the State government has decided to retain him as chief investigating officer in this case," Prakash was quoted as saying in IBN live report.
The State government on Wednesday transferred Mohanty from the CID to the Lokayukta. This development had raised many eye brows as the case pertaining to the death of D K Ravi was being handled by the CID.
The opposition has cried foul and questioned the logic of the transfer just when the CID began the probe into the death of DK Ravi.
The 36-year-old additional commissioner in the state commercial tax department was found dead on March 16 in his official apartment. His body was found by his wife Kusuma when she entered the flat with a duplicate key after he did not respond to her calls.
Though police maintain that prima facie Ravi's death was a case of suicide and the state government has ordered a probe by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Ravi's father-in-law Hanumantharayappa said his son-in-law was not the kind of person who would commit suicide.
The family of deceased IAS officer D.K. Ravi also refuted the statement made by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that the bureaucrat committed suicide due to personal reasons, and demanded a CBI probe saying they suspect foul play in his death. "I cannot believe my son (Ravi) could commit suicide as he was a brave officer and had no marital discord. We suspect he was killed. The state government should order a CBI probe to know the truth," a wailing Gowramma, Ravi's mother said.