IAS officer DK Ravi's Death: Ratan Tata case helps friend's husband to gag CID report

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Bengaluru, March 23: A day after Karnataka High Court's decision of barring CID from tabling its probe report on DK Ravi case in Karnataka assembly, it has been revealed that a case related to Ratan Tata was cited while taking the crucial decision.

The advocate Sajjan Poovayya, representing the husband of the batchmate of DK Ravi, cited a Supreme Court order in a case involving Ratan Tata where it was ruled that private information could not be disclosed.

DK Ravi

Poovayya also claimed that there was no provision for presentation of an interim report that arrives at a post haste conclusion. The high court's decision came following a petition filed by husband of female friend of late DK Ravi.

The husband pleaded the court to restrain the Congress government in Karnataka from "making or politicising" an interim report on the investigations into the unnatural death Ravi.

The petitioner's wife reportedly had told investigating officials that Ravi allegedly had harassed her and asked her to break his marriage. Ravi reportedly had called the woman, who too is an IAS, 44 times before his death.

The High Court's decision came at a time when the CID was preparing to present Ravi's text message to the woman as a suicide note, and the state government was planning to present the report in the state legislature on Monday.

However, after the high court's decision, the government did not table the report. Instead Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made official announcement on the floor that the government will hand over the case to CBI.

35-year-old Ravi, a 2009-batch IAS officer, was found dead in his official residence in South Bengaluru on March 16. Initial reports claimed that he committed suicide. But his family members, Opposition leaders suspected foul play.

Massive protests were held across the state. Finally, the CM took the decision as his government was under tremendous pressure from Opposition and aam aadmi (common man).

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