Bengaluru, March 29: Initially, it was reported that late IAS officer had called his female batchmate 44 times in one hour prior to his death on March 16. However, a new twist deepened his death mystery.
Husband of the batchmate claimed that Ravi did not call his wife 44 times. According to the advocate of the female IAS officer and her husband, she had received only three calls from Ravi on that fateful day and not 44 calls, as claimed by the state government and CID. [IAS Officer DK Ravi case mystery deepens: Did CID delete CCTV footage?]
While quoting the husband, the advocate in the court said, "The reports said 44 calls were made in one hour. There were not even four calls. I (husband) was with her." [New revelations in DK Ravi case; did he borrow Rs 10 lakh from female batchmate?]
Earlier Opposition leader Kumaraswamy had challenged Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to prove that Ravi had called the woman 44 times.
The JDS leader was quoted as saying, "If Siddaramaiah proves that Ravi had indeed made 44 calls to the woman IAS officer, I will quit politics. The government is trying to derail the probe by trying to provide a different angle to the case."
35-year-old Ravi was found dead at his official residence in South Bengaluru on March 16. The state government, Bengaluru Police and CID had claimed that Ravi committed suicide over some "personal reasons".
However, his family members, Opposition leaders and other held protests across Karnataka and demanded for CBI probe. They suspected that some powerful people might have killed the young IAS officer.
Karnataka CM, who initially had refused to accept demand for CBI probe, finally was pressurised to hand over the case from CID to CBI.