LUCKNOW: The five-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the death of Anurag Tiwari, 2007 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer, sought two more days on Monday to wind up the investigation and submit its report. Also, the Uttar Pradesh police lodged a First Investigation Report (FIR) against unknown persons at Hazaratganj police station in connection with the death.
Lucknow principal secretary of Home Department said IAS Anurag Tiwari case will be handed over to CBI.
The state government on Tuesday will approach the Department of Personnel and Training recommending CBI probe in this matter.
Tiwari was found dead in mysterious circumstances in state capital Lucknow last Wednesday.
Notably, the SIT, led by CO, Hazaratganj, Avnish Kumar Mishra, has sought more time as the LDA V-C PN Singh, Aunrag’s batchmate and UP cadre IAS officer who was staying with the deceased officer on the night ahead of his death, has proceeded on leave.
“We can submit report only after LDA V-C resumes office as his statement will be a very crucial link in the probe,” said an SIT member. It was also learnt that the probe team would visit Bengaluru on Tuesday to interrogate a few officials of the Karnataka government in the case. Anurag Tiwari was serving as the commissioner in Food and Civil Supplies department of Karnataka government.
On the other hand, the family members, including Tiwari’s elder brother Mayank and sister-in-law, met UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Monday apprising him of their concern and seeking a CBI probe into the alleged murder of the officer.
After meeting the CM, Anurag’s brother Mayank Tiwari, a Noida-based engineer, said that Yogi Adityanath assured him and his family a free and fair probe into the mysterious death of Anurag. “The CM promised us that anyone with a role in Anurag’s killing will not be allowed to go scot free,” maintained Mayank.
“Anurag had shared with me that there was a threat to his life and that some senior officers and politicians of Karnataka were after him as he was in possession of some crucial information about a multi-crore scam in food and civil supplies department and was in the process of busting it,” stated Mayank.
He refused to discuss the case any further saying: “We are small fries. Only CBI can probe the issue properly and Yogi has assured us all help in this direction.” Mayank had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention and recommendation of a fair probe into the circumstances which lead to the death of Anurag, who he claimed was an upright and honest officer.
However, as per the police sources, the state government is likely to take decision on a possible CBI probe only after the SIT submits its probe report.
Meanwhile, later in the day, the family of the officer met Lucknow SSP Deepak Kumar and handed him over a formal complaint into the case. Subsequently, a case was registered under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the directive of Kumar.