Bengaluru: Former IAS officer D.K. Ravi had committed suicide and there was no foul play behind his unnatural death, states the over 90-page ‘B’ (closure) report, which was submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday to the Assistant Commissioner, Bengaluru (South) D.T. Natesh.. The closure report reportedly states that Mr Ravi had ended his life due to multiple reasons, including personal ones.
The premier agency was handed over the investigation in the UDR (unnatural death report) No. 47/2015 u/s 174 CrPC (police to enquire and report on suicide), which was initially registered in the Madiwala police station on March 16 after 34-year-old Ravi, a 2009-batch IAS officer, was found hanging in his flat at St. John’s Wood apartment on Tavarekere Main Road. It took the CBI 20 months of intense investigation and repeated forensic tests to come to the conclusion that Mr Ravi had indeed committed suicide. “The ‘B’ report can, however, be contested,” said an officer on condition of anonymity.
Mr Ravi’s death had triggered large-scale protests from his bereaved family members and opposition parties, who argued and floated conspiracy theories and said the officer was murdered because he was fighting the sand and land mafia. He was reportedly anguished over some personal land deals and a failed relationship with an IAS officer to whom he had sent a personal message on WhatsApp before ending his life. The CBI examined his service records and personal life through his family, friends and colleagues to rule out the abetment theory, which were also doing the rounds.