Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker Shobha Karandlaje on Friday demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of Karnataka cadre IAS officer Anurag Tewari.
“This matter warrants an investigation by the CBI. The case assumes importance as a new angle of the alleged involvement of the food grain smuggling mafia has come up,’’ Shobha Karandlaje said in a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Tewari, posted as Commissioner of Food and Civil Supplies Department, found dead near Meera Bai Guest House in Lucknow on May 17. Karandlaje wrote a letter on May 17 requesting a thorough probe as the tragedy looks murky.
“Now, I am getting information from credible sources that Tewari could be a victim of food grain smuggling mafia. This is what middle-level officials in Karnataka are discussing among themselves in a hushed tone,’’ the BJP lawmaker from Udupi-Chikmagaluru in eastern part of Karnataka.
She said a multi-crore scam was unearthed in the Food and Civil Supplies Department some time ago and it was being investigated by Tewari in his capacity of Commissioner of Food and Civil Supplies Department.
“It is being said that he had prepared a detailed dossier about the scandal. This is one important angle which needs to be probed,’’ she said. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in a letter, on Friday urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister to investigate Tewari’s death.
“It is very important that the whole incident including the circumstances leading to the cause of death is thoroughly investigated by a competent team of investigators and professionals. I would request you kindly direct the authorities concenred to do the needful,’’ Siddaramaiah said in the letter.
Answering a query on the rumours of food grain mafia behind Tewari’s murder, the chief minister said he was not aware of any such scandal in the food and civil supplies department. “We are ready to cooperate with investigating officers,’’ he said.