IAS officer’s death: BJP seeks CBI probe
The death of an young Karnataka cadre IAS officer Anurag Tiwari, who was found dead suspiciously near a guest house at Lucknow on May 17, has become a major political controversy in Karnataka. The Opposition BJP on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the death amid suspicion of foul play. However, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday said his government will cooperate in any inquiry into it.
Siddaramiah’s reaction comes in the wake of BJP State president BS Yeddyurappa and Lok Sabha member Shobha Kharandlaje of the BJP demanding a CBI inquiry into the death, alleging that it was a murder as the officer was preparing to expose a major scandal involving political leaders and officers in the Food and Civil Supplies Department.
Kharandlaje had also spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urging him to seek CBI inquiry and Yeddyurappa, who is on Jana Sampark Abhiyan at Chitradurga at north Karnataka also made a similar demand.
Siddaramaiah said, according to reports, the death was due to cardiac arrest and Karnataka Government will extend all cooperation if the Uttar Pradesh Government wants it to handover the case to CBI for investigation. “I don’t know on what basis the allegations were made. But we are ready for inquiry by any agency,” he added.
Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) team from UP, who arrived in the city on Friday, had discussion with Home Minister G Parameshwara.
Tiwari, a 2007-batch IAS officer serving as commissioner of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department was found dead under mysterious circumstances on a roadside in Lucknow’s Hazratganj area on May 17 morning.
Asked about the suspicions that Tiwari may have been murdered because he was probing into a scam involving the food department, Siddaramaiah said, “Don’t say all these things just because someone is saying it. Let them investigate, everything will be known.”
Tiwari’s father BN Tiwari has alleged his son was eliminated, while his brother Mayank has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
Speaking to reporters in Chitradurga, Yeddyurappa demanded a CBI probe into the case. “His (Tiwari’s) brother has said he was murdered as he was unearthing about `2,000 crore scam in the food department. The Chief Minister has to take direct responsibility for this,” he said.
“As this is a matter that is of concern to Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, I urge that the case be immediately handed over to the CBI for the truth to come out. If the Chief Minister is honest, he has to order a CBI inquiry or else the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister will do it,” he added.
Tiwari, who had also served as deputy commissioner in Bidar and Kodagu districts in the past was staying at Meera Bai guest house with a batchmate after attending a mid-career training programme at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.
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