35-year-old IAS officer Ravi, who had taken on the sand and land mafia and ordered crackdown on tax evaders, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his apartment here on March 16, with police saying it was prima facie a case of suicide.

However, Ravi's family had refused to accept the suicide theory and staged a protest, insisting on a CBI probe, with the Opposition parties also raising the pitch for it, as public anger spilled onto the streets with protests across the state.

After growing clamour and a nudge from Congress President Sonia Gandhi, an initially reluctant Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced in the Assembly government's decision to hold a CBI probe, saying it was being done "respecting the feelings of Ravi's parents and public."

The case was initially handed over to Criminal Investigation Department.

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