BENGALURU March 17, 2015: Karnataka’s upright IAS officer DK Ravikumar, a 2009 batch IAS officer who was deputed as the Joint Commissioner, State Commercial Taxes Department, was found dead mysteriously at his private apartment near Koramangala in South Bengaluru on March 16, Monday.

DK Ravi, known for his pro-people honest works, who had become extremely popular as the deputy commissioner of Kolar district for his work in ridding encroachments and other “honest” works, was recently transferred to become the joint commissioner of the commercial taxes department. Over the last one month, Mr Ravi had taken some hard decisions about big builders. There were also reports that despite his transfer, he was getting threat calls from the sand mafia, whom he had taken on as the District Commissioner of Kolar district. He was also instrumental in clearing encroachments on government land.

RSS expressed deep condolences on the death of Karnataka’s upright IAS officer DK Ravi. RSS Kshetreeya Sanghachalak V Nagaraj in his condolence message said “It was a shocking news. Sri DK Ravi was a upright IAS officer. The entire state is proud of his honest service. We express deep condolences on the demise of Sri DK Ravi. We expect a clear and impartial inquiry on the mysterious death of IAS officer Sri DK Ravi”.

DK Ravi, IAS

DK Ravi, IAS

In October 2014, Ravi’s transfer from Kolar district had triggered public protests.  The 36-year-old Ravi was recently transferred to the state’s commercial tax office here from Kolar where he was the deputy commissioner. Born on June 10, 1979, DK Ravi became an IAS officer in 2009.

IAS officer DK Ravi and his wife Kusuma having a meal at a Dalit’s home last year

IAS officer DK Ravi and his wife Kusuma having a meal at a Dalit’s home last year

DK Ravi had keen interest to eradicate caste discrimination. He had visited few Dalit families, had food there along with his wife Kusuma and tried hard to end casteism. Samarasya Vedike, an RSS inspired forum for Social Harmony. had congratulated DK Ravi last year for his keen efforts to eradicate caste based social discrimination.