Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2016-01-19 08:24 Bengaluru: A recent development gives further credence to the theory of foul play in the death of IAS officer DK Ravi. A crucial lead in the investigation—CCTV footage of government buildings in Bangalore—has gone missingBBMP assistant commissioner (advertisements) K Mathai has raised the issue in a letter to the chief secretary of Karnataka and the BBMP commissioner. He has noted that vital lead in the case has vanished owing to the administration's reluctance to create a centralised storage for CCTV footage. He has stressed that mystery shrouding Ravi's death could have been long settled if the footage was available.In his report, Mathai has highlighted how missing CCTV footage weakened investigation in other high-profile cases too: the recent case where the office of the Lokayukta was accused of accepting kickbacks, and of leaking info from the report on the loss suffered by the BBMP's advertisement department.Through an RTI application, it has come to light that most of the CCTV cameras installed in government offices are either defective or defunct. According to Mathai's letter, the cameras installed in the Vidhana Soudha too are in the same condition.Almost all the government buildings in Bangalore are under the surveillance of CCTV cameras, but they have been of little use as the footage is always found missing whenever the need to refer to them has arisen. Rumour has it that the footage pertaining to Ravi's case was erased from the storage. Consequently, it was recommended that footage obtained from government buildings be stored at the servers in the state data centre.Death and the DramaIAS officer DK Ravi was found hanging in his Bengaluru residence on March 16, 2015. His death had sparked public outrage as he enjoyed the reputation of being an upright officer who was taking on powerful corporate lobbies.Prima facie, it appeared to be a case of suicide but people suspected foul play. After an inquiry, the CBI declared it was a case of suicide indeed. However, the report has failed to convince people and they still suspect something fishy.Some believe the real estate mafia played a hand in his death. Another theory doing the rounds involves a romance angle with IAS officer Rohini Sindhuri. According to yet another conspiracy theory, his father-in-law Hanumanthaiah, a realtor and a Congressman, abetted his suicide.