An Indian Administrative Service officer, DK Ravi, was found dead in his apartment at Koramangala in Bengaluru this evening. Initial reports say he could have committed suicide as he was found hanging.
Ravi, was posted as Additional Commissioner Commercial Tax (Enforcement) in Bengaluru in October 2014.
Bengaluru police Commissioner MN Reddi said that no suicide note was found. “As per the investigation no suicide note has been found so far. He was found hanging. He committed suicide this morning.”
The young officer from the 2009 batch with a degree in Agriculture Science had a reputation of being upright and fearless.
D.K. Ramesh, his brother said, “He had a lot of dreams and wanted to achieve great heights.”
Recent raids by DK Ravi
In February, an Enforcement Directorate team lead by D Ravi had raided real estate giants like Nitesh Estates Private Ltd, other companies like Rajesh Exports Ltd (REL) and the outlets of its retail arm, Shubh Jewellers.
Last year, protests had broken out in Kolar over his sudden transfer. Then Deputy Commissioner D K Ravi was transferred as the Additional Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), prompting protests in the district.
Protests in Kolar
Ravi was widely considered by the people in Kolar district to be a strict officer who took on the land mafia in clearing encroachments and also an upright officer who ensured discipline among his staff.
The DC’s actions then reportedly put pressure on the ruling Congress government in the state from the real estate lobby.
Some associations in Kolar have called for a bandh on Tuesday.
Was Ravi under threat?
Police sources say they are investigating threats that Ravi may have received in recent times.