Timeline: IAS officer DK Ravi mysterious death case

Bengaluru, March 23: 35-year-old 2009-batch IAS officer DK Ravi was found hanging at his apartment in Bengaluru on the evening of Monday, March 16.

On Monday, March 23, it has been a week since the upright officer DK Ravi passed away and the entire week was full of protests by his supporters and politicisation over the probe.


After a lot of dilly-dallying into the sensitive matter, finally, the Chief Minister Siddaramaih-led Karnataka government on Monday entrusted the CBI to further investigate the case in a free and fair manner.

Whether it was a suicide due to political pressure or alleged personal reasons or a planned murder, DK Ravi's sudden death left many shocked.

Here is the Timeline of the crucial developments that have taken place into DK Ravi's death case:

March 16, Monday

  • Monday morning: After spending a weekend with his wife Kusuma at his father-in-laws place in Nagarbhavi, DK Ravi heads to his office in Koramangala.
  • 11 am to 12 noon: Unlike other days, DK Ravi leaves his office early and heads to his apartment.
  • 11.22 am: Ravi makes a phone call to his female IAS batchmate and the call duration lasts till 2 minutes.
  • 11.25 am: DK Ravi sends a message to the IAS batchmate, that says, 'we will unite in heaven,' with whom he had talked on phone. 
  • 5 pm to 6 pm: DK Ravi's wife Kusuma gets worried as he din't pick up her call the entire day. Worried, she reaches home with her father. After getting no response, she opens the door with the duplicate keys and finds Ravi hanging from the ceiling fan of his room.
  • 6.30 pm: Police reaches DK Ravi's home along with the state Police Commissioner MN Reddi and other IAS and IPS officers.
  • 8 pm: Various media persons arrive at DK Ravi's apartment and the news of his death spread.

March 17, Tuesday

  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah paid tributes to DK Ravi at the Victoria hospital.
  • The opposition parties led by BJP asks the state government to allow CBI to investigate the case.
  • Protests staged in Kolar district where Ravi was earlier posted as the deputy commissioner and took on sand mafia by conducting raids. National highway blocked and Calss XII Board exam also postponed. 

March 18, Wednesday

  • The postmortem report states that it is death caused due to asphyxiation which is common in cases of suicide by hanging.
  • The postmortem report does not point to any sort of struggle before the suicide which rules out the possibility of an abetted or forced death.
  • Ravi's colleagues give his funeral a miss.

March 19, Thursday

  • Unconfirmed media reports claim that the investigating officials found a 2-page suicide note at DK Ravi's residence.
  • State government divided on handing over the probe to the CBI.
  • Ravi's parents threatens to commit suicide if the government does not hand over the case to the CBI by Monday.

March 20, Friday

  • CID decides to question the female IAS batchmate of DK Ravi, with whom he had last talked on phone.
  • CID records statement of DK Ravi's wife and the IAS batchmate.
  • Amid immense pressure from all quarters, Karnataka government decides to hand over probe to CBI.
  • CID awaits the viscera samples and details of Ravi's call analysis and messages. Details of his conversations on the phone and also mails on his ipad are being analysed.
  • DK Ravi's aunt passes away due to a heart attack.

March 21, Saturday

JDS releases an audio tape that contains a telephonic conversion between an MLA from Kolar district, where Ravi was posted as Deputy Commissioner, with an official working under him regarding release of seize sand, further igniting the controversy into his death.

March 22, Sunday

  • Karnataka High Court directs the state government not to make public the investigation details of the D K Ravi death case.
  • Due to exhaustion and stress, Kusuma, wife of late IAS officer DK Ravi, admitted to hospital in Bengaluru.

March 23, Monday

  • Siddaramaiah government recommends a CBI probe into the mysterious death of upright IAS officer D K Ravi and asserts that it never intended to hush up the case or protect anyone.
  • The state government tells the Karnataka high court that from the material available the death of D K Ravi was a case of suicide.

March 24

A petition seeking a directive not to make the contents of the D K Ravi probe death probe report public adjourned by the Karnataka High Court to Friday, March 27.

March 25

  • The Karnataka government has issued a notification handing over the probe into the death of IAS officer D K Ravi to the CBI.
  • Complaint filed against DKRavi's wife Kusuma and father-in-law Hanumanthrayappa at Madiwala police station in Bengaluru.

March 26

  • Investigators closely look at Whatsapp messages sent by DK Ravi on March 15th and 16th to a female colleague which they believe was the last message.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is not empowered to disclose or make any public statement on the "unnatural death" of IAS officer D K Ravi as the probe was on and incomplete, the petitioner in the case submits before the Karnataka High Court.

March 27

The petitioner asks how the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is aware of the truth when the matter is pending investigation.

March 28

A contempt of court petition against Karnataka government and three others filed in the Karnataka High Court, by the husband of a woman IAS officer who was a batchmate of bureaucrat D K Ravi, into whose mysterious death a CBI probe has been ordered.

March 31

Husband of the IAS 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.

April 1

Fresh complaint filed against DK Ravi's father-in-law Vishwa Kannada Samaja, by an NGO. 

NGO official said, "It was imperative on the part of Hanumantharayappa to file a police complaint against the CID for tampering with the footage."

April 2

The CBI wants the state government to issue a fresh order without any conditions. CBI‎ feels that it may not be able to complete the probe in three months and hence conditions cannot be imposed.

April 6

The government of Karnataka issues a fresh notification directing the CBI to probe the D K Ravi case, without any time frame.

April 7

Karnataka High Court questions the state government regarding the leakage of WhatApp messages of late IAS officer DK Ravi to his female friend.

April 13

Centre give its nod for a CBI probe into the mysterious death of IAS officer D K Ravi after Karnataka government sent a fresh notification without any time limit.

April 14

Woman IAS batchmate posts on Facebook, "Good news...It's finally Official. Days following the sad demise saw a frenzied overdrive to plant stories on half lies, motivated leaks... 

"Sad and unfortunate...if only people did their jobs as given by law and conscience and not give into powers that be - illusional or real. We could have been in a better system.. Hope its not too late for the truth to prevail"

April 16

It has been month since the upright bureaucrat DK Ravi was found hanging in his apartment on Monday, March 16, in Koramangala, Bengaluru. The CBI is investigating the case.

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