New Delhi: Karnataka chief minister K Siddaramaiah on Monday sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of IAS officer DK Ravi.
Siddaramaiah ordered the CBI probe on the floor of the state assembly, following a week of protests by opposition parties and members of Ravi's family.
Before announcing the CBI probe the chief minister justified the ongoing probe by the criminal investigation department (CID), but opposition MLAs of the BJP and JDS trooped into the well of the house shouting slogans against him.
"One shouldn't do politics over deaths. We are not here to make political capital over a tragedy," Siddaramaiah said leading to angry protests from opposition benches
The CM also rejected allegations that the state police probe was an attempt at cover-up, saying the government was not trying to protect anyone.
The decision to go for a CBI probe comes three days after Congress president Sonia Gandhi advised Siddaramaiah to order a probe by the central agency.
IAS officer D K Ravi, posted as joint commissioner in Commercial Tax Department, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment by his wife on March 16. The police suspect it to be a case of suicide, though no note was found from around the officer's body.
On Sunday, the High Court stopped the government from making public an initial report on what it called the "unnatural death" of the 36-year-old officer.
The court acted on a petition by the husband of an IAS officer who knew Ravi and was, according to media reports quoting police sources, the last to have been in touch with him.
Opposition parties had accused the government of trying to mislead investigations by implying that the death was due to personal reasons.
DK Ravi was an upright officer who faced threats for taking on the sand mafia in Kolar and the land mafia in Bengaluru, including real estate firms allegedly close to the ruling Congress.