The confirmation of the murder of IAS officer Anurag Tewari has sent shockwaves throughout Karnataka. The CBI has now revealed information which confirms that Tewari was onto something big and did not trust those around him enough to disclose his modus operandi.
While initially it was believed that Tewari, who was investigating the illegal hoarding of rice when he was the Commissioner of Food and Civil Supplies in Karnataka, died of a heart attack or a drug overdose, an official autopsy as accessed by Bangalore Mirror has strengthened his family's allegation that Tewari was pinned down and smothered to death at the state guest house in Lucknow.
Tewari’s WhatsApp messages before his murder reveal that he was constantly under threat. He 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. His brother Mayank said that Tewari wanted a CBI probe in the case as a state minister was also involved in it.
The CBI has now taken items such as spectacles fitted with a high-definition spy camera. He also had a portable clock with a concealed camera, reported Bangalore Mirror.
“Anurag was carrying the spectacles and clock with him when they found him lying dead on the street. It proves that he was indeed trying to gather evidence in whichever way he can against some influential people, who would have wanted to stop him at any cost. He had made a point to carry these items with him wherever he went,” BM quoted sources.
The receipt memo issued from the CBI lists six articles: Seven pages of Anurag’s personal diary, a camera eyewear with 1080 HD recording, multi-functional clock with camera, one SIM card, a power supply adaptor and a pair of flip-flops have been taken into their custody for the probe.
This shows that Tewari may very well have been trying to carry out a sting operation to expose some senior politicians or officials in the Karnataka government before his untimely death.
However, these items also raise a lot of questions.
Why does an IAS officer need to conduct a sting operation when he has enough resources at his disposal to carry out a raid at any place he was suspicious of? Are the people who were under his scanner hugely influential for Tewari to use concealed gadgets to gather irrefutable evidence?
And if Tewari was always being threatened, why did he not share any information with fellow officers? Did he not trust them with such incriminating information? Or did he not trust the system enough that he set out alone to bring the criminals to justice?
Tewari was in the process of exposing a scam worth Rs 2,000 crore in Karnataka. Mayank had mentioned how his brother would often say that honest and efficient IAS officers were being targeted in a selective manner in the state. It is also alleged that his seniors harassed Tewari in the department and he was thinking to shift his cadre from Karnataka.
The recent CBI haul has revealed the gravity of the situation concerning Tewari’s murder. And while even Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs minister UT Khader said that Tewari never officially recorded or mentioned anything about any scam or irregularity, but there is no doubt that Tewari was in murky waters.