A Central Bureau of Investigation probe was recommended by the Uttar Pradesh government to investigate into the death of Indian Administrative Services officer Anurag Tiwari after his family told Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that they suspected foul play. The announcement came yesterday after Karnataka-cadre officer’s mother Sushila Devi and brother Mayank had met the CM and expressed their unhappiness towards the investigation by the U.P police.
The development came as the UP police on Monday registered a murder case after finding the officer dead on his birthday under mysterious circumstances in the high-security Hazratganj area in Lucknow. Earlier Anurag was set to expose a major scam in Karnataka Govt Department.
“It has been decided to hand over the probe to the CBI,” Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh said.
Tiwari’s family had alleged that the officer was murdered an not died a natural death since he became the whistle blower and was about to expose a ‘scam’ in the department of food, civil supplies and consumer affairs in Bengaluru where he was posted as commissioner which has irked the corrupt officials. Earlier, Anurag is believed to have told his brother that there is a threat to his life.
In his police complaint, Mayank said his brother was an ‘honest officer’ and was transferred seven to eight times in his decade-long career.
“We demanded a CBI inquiry in order to find out why he was killed,” Sushila Devi told newspersons after meeting the chief minister.
Post-mortem examination had indicated that Anurag, 36, had died of asphyxia. In the complaint to police, Mayanak said ‘my brother was a late riser and never went for morning walk’, who also continued “During discussions, he told me that he was working on some files which can expose a big scam,” “That is why some unidentified people were exerting pressure on him. He was under tremendous pressure in the last few months and he also informed us around two months back that he is facing threat to his life.”
Sushila Devi made an appeal to the prime minister and chief minister seeking justice for her son.
The UP police had constituted the Special Investigation Team on May 18 to probe the death. Tiwari, a 2007-batch IAS officer, was staying at the Meera Bai guest house with a batch mate after attending a mid-career training programme at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie