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The News Minute | March 19, 2015 | 4.50 pm IST Two days after IAS officer DK Ravi’s death, the Karnataka Cabinet appears to have also joined the opposition’s demand for a CBI inquiry. Ravi had a reputation for being an upright officer who took on powerful people suspected of breaking the law, wherever he was posted. His father-in-law Hanumantharayappa alleged that a Congress MLA from Kolar district SN Narayanaswamy was exerting pressure on Ravi in connection with his work. He made these remarks during a press conference on Wednesday, which were denied by Naranaswamy later in the day. With allegations and rumours flying thick and fast, there is an impression that the state government is trying to scuttle the investigation. This has fuelled the demand for an inquiry by the CBI, which is perceived to be outside the influence of the state government. Read: Who took video clip of D K Ravi's body being lowered from the noose and circulated it? But does anything really change if the case is handed over to the CBI? Here’s what happens: If the government of any state wishes the CBI to take over an investigation, the government issues a notification under Section 6 of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act. The CBI will then approach the central government, which then issues a notification under Section 5 of the act, thereby officially giving the CBI jurisdiction over the case. Read: Karnataka IAS officer's family suspects foul play This particular case would fall under the jurisdiction of the Special Crimes Branch of the CBI. Since the case has occurred in Bengaluru, a south Indian city, the CBI headquarters in Delhi would generally assign the case to the regional headquarters of the South Indian metros, in this case situated in Chennai. The Chennai office would then assign the case to an officer. However, it is not necessary that the case be sent to the Chennai office at all. Another factor that needs to be considered is that officers assigned to the CBI are drawn from cadres of various states. Police offices can request a deputation to the CBI, so it is possible that an officer of the Karnataka cadre could be given charge of the case. An officer with the CBI, who requested anonymity, said that at present, no officer of the Karnataka was assigned to the Special Crimes Branch. Read: Police maintain no suicide note was found among DK Ravi's things “Even otherwise, the cadre to which an officer belongs to, would not influence the decision to assign an officer to the case, unless there was reason to,” the officer said. The demand for a CBI investigation seems to be stemming from distrust towards the state apparatus and an inherent feeling that an investigative body like the CID, which comes under the control of the state government, will not probe the case well. "It is really a matter of perception. People think that if the state cannot influence the officers, the probe will be more authentic. But everything really depends on the CBI chief, which way a case goes," the officer said. Read: DK Ravi, Mahantesh: Govt officers, murky deaths and disturbing patterns Read: Congress MLA was putting pressure on DK Ravi, his father-in-law says Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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