The mysterious death of a Karnataka cadre IAS officer in Lucknow's Hazratganj has opened a can of worms for the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in the state.

The family members of the deceased IAS officer have released a set of WhatsApp message that might hold clues surrounding the circumstances behind his death. The WhatsApp messages have raised some crucial questions on whether the deceased IAS officer was under pressure and being threatened? And who were the one's threatening him?

It is in such circumstances the family of IAS officer Anurag Tiwari is demanding a “thorough and independent” investigation by CBI. They believe his death could be linked to a case of “corruption in the Karnataka government”.

Anurag, who was the commissioner of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department in Karnataka reportedly told his elder brother Mayank he was inquiring into

“a scam and wanted to recommend it to the CBI and inform the Prime Minister’s Office”.

He told The Indian Express that his brother for last four months was working a "big scam" and was about to recommend it for a probe by the CBI as a state minister was also involved in it.

Mayank has now threatened that he will be revealing the name of the minister soon. Tiwari, 36, was found dead near a state guest house in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow on May 17. He had celebrated his 36th birthday the previous night. 

The WhatsApp messages shared by the IAS officer's family cement the suspicion surrounding his death. The WhatsApp messages reveal two things, one the IAS officer's life may have been under threat and he was so worried that he even wanted to "reconsider" his parent's plan to stay with him in Bengaluru. It also establishes that the officer may have been facing problems from the "bureaucratic and political" machinery in Karnataka.

While the forensics is yet to paint a clear picture surrounding the death of the officer, his elder brother's claim that the "corruption" in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department in Karnataka may have led to his death.

Mayank, the deceased IAS officer's brother told The Quint that Anurag has found out that several senior officials in his department were giving government contracts illegally to their family members.