Bengaluru, March 18: Conspicuous with their absence were the IAS officers from Karnataka who decided to give the funeral of D K Ravi a miss yesterday.
It was quite obvious to note that almost all the IAS officers from the state especially Bengaluru where Ravi was working were not present at the emotionally charged funeral of the dynamic officer.
Speaking to a couple of the officers we got to hear some vague excuses. Some said it was a working day while others stated that it was a private affair and hence they decided to give it a miss.
Did the officers not want to be identified:
The reason for the death may be anything and only a fair and thorough probe will bring out the truth. What the officers did not bear in mind is that he was a colleague, friend and sometimes a guide.
It is very clear that due to the kind of work that Ravi undertook of exposing the high and mighty he had more enemies than friends. There were many within the IAS association who were not fans of his work.
There were instances when some officers tried to bring pressure on him and even told him several times that he needed to slow down. However, Ravi's biggest enemies were in the political circles.
Many in the political circles who were upset with Ravi could have kept a close watch on who attended the funeral. Is this the reason why many decided to give it a miss?
What about a condolence message?
Ideally one would have expected that the officers to come out strongly and condone the death. There was talk in hush hush tones about how sad this incident was.
Some officers had even said privately that the death was shocking.
While there was no loud and clear message from the officers for a person who was part of their tribe since 2009, thankfully they did hold a condolence meeting in the IAS officer's association yesterday.
There was also a statement in which the officers association said that they were disturbed.
A condolence meeting was held on Tuesday where after the prayer there was a discussion about his death. Many officers felt that there was more than what met the eye and the state should not be handling the probe.
A majority of them also felt that the matter should be handed over to the CBI for a free and fair investigation.
However, at the end of it some decided that they would personally write to the PM seeking a CBI probe into the matter. Four letters were written today to the Prime Minister by four officers.
Some even felt that they should speak out and ask for it in the open but at the end of it they felt that the state government should handle it.