Court grants 2-day interim bail to officer after kin’s suicide

Court grants 2-day interim bail to officer after kin's suicide
Court grants 2-day interim bail to officer after kin’s suicide

A special court today granted two-day interim bail to graft accused Director General Corporate Affairs B K Bansal to attend the last rites of his wife and daughter, who allegedly committed suicide.

Special CBI Judge Gurdeep Singh granted the relief to Bansal till July 22 and said that after yesterday’s incident (of suicide), its time for the probe agency to rethink whether it is necessary to arrest the accused in such cases.
“These are not the conventional crimes like murder. Earlier, CBI used to not arrest in such cases. The evidences are mostly documentary in nature,” the judge said while noting that the accused are public servants.

The court allowed the plea moved by advocate Uma Kant Kataria, appearing for Bansal, who submitted that his client’s presence was required for the last rites of his wife and daughter and that his own health condition was not good.

In its reply to Bansal’s application, the probe agency said it has no objection to the interim bail to the accused on “humanitarian grounds”.

Bansal’s wife Satyabala (58) and daughter Neha (28) allegedly hung themselves from ceiling fans in two separate rooms at their residence in Nilkanth Apartments in east Delhi’s Madhu Vihar yesterday.

Both the women left separate suicide notes, saying the CBI raid had caused “great humiliation” and they did not want to live after that. They, however, held nobody responsible for their deaths.

Bansal, an additional secretary-rank officer in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, was arrested by CBI on July 16 for allegedly accepting bribe from a prominent pharmaceutical company. CBI had carried out searches at eight locations in connection with the case during which the agency had claimed to have made cash recoveries.

(Source : PTI)

Air hostess suicide case: Trial against Kanda begins

A fast track court on Monday commenced trial in the suicide case of an ex-air hostess in which former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda is the main accused.

Kanda is facing trial for alleged offence of rape, unnatural offence and abetting suicide of the air hostess, who had worked in his company.

His aide Aruna Chadha is also an accused and has been charged with abetting the offences of rape, unnatural sex and the victim’s suicide.

Eight formal witnesses were examined before additional sessions judge MC Gupta. They included police personnel and also the doctor who had conducted post-mortem of the victim. The matter is now fixed for July 22.

Both the accused have also been charged with forgery for cheating and harming the reputation of the victim.

Chadha had moved Delhi High Court seeking quashing of charges against her. The court has summoned the record of the trial court for May 29.

The 23-year-old air hostess, who was earlier employed with Kanda’s MDLR airlines, was found dead on August 5 at her Ashok Vihar residence in North West Delhi. In her August 4 suicide note, she had said she was ending her life due to “harassment” by Kanda and Chadha.

The police had in its charge sheet said Kanda was obsessed with the victim and was putting pressure on her to come back to his company.

(Source:PTI )

Delayed compensation: deceased sailor’s parents commit suicide

Frustrated over the delay in compensation ordered by the Madras High Court for the death of their sailor son, who was on board M T Pratibha Cauvery when it ran aground here few months ago, allegedly committed suicide at their residence Friday.
Mentioning the incident before Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar, counsel for the victim’s family S Prabhakaran alleged that the delay on the part of the High Court Registry in reimbursing the compensation drove them to take the extreme step.

The parents committed suicide early today at their residence at Arakkonam in Vellore district, he told the court. Niranjan was one of the six sailors killed in the October 31 incident, when the oil-tanker M T Pratibha Cauvery ran aground near here hours before cyclone ‘Nilam’ hit the coast that evening.

Justice Vasanthakumar had on December 21 ordered Pratibha Shipping Company Limited to pay Rs 87.45 lakh as interim relief to the legal heirs of the victims.

While the shipping company had already deposited Rs 30 lakh as compensation for families of all six victims during the course of the hearing, Niranjan was entitled for Rs 9 lakh, in the final order.

Prabhakaran alleged that the Registry did not give the compensation to the father and mother of the sailor, saying there was no clarity on to which of the two legal heirs should the compensation be given.

He told when the mother in her affidavit submitted that her husband be given the compensation, the Registry had questioned what if the victim had a secret marriage and the wife came claiming for the compensation later on. Prabhakaran told that there was no ambiguity in the order delivered on December 21.



What is being done to decriminalise suicide: Court

The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the central government to list the steps it had taken on a 2008 Law Commission report calling for suicide to be decriminalised.

As per the present provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a person attempting suicide can be punished with a maximum jail sentence of one year.

Expressing concern over the increasing number of suicides in cities, a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna asked the government’s response to the Law Commission’s report which said that Section 309 (attempt to suicide) of the IPC be revoked.

The court has asked the government to file an affidavit by July 6.

The court was hearing a petition filed by advocate Aditya Shankar on behalf of non-governmental organisation Mental Health Foundation.

The Law Commission report stated that individuals who attempted suicide were in need of help and shouldn’t be punished.

The petition said that persons attempting suicide had suffered much trauma in their lives and imprisonment only worsens their condition.

Suicide by subordinate: Court says no conviction sans proof

The Supreme Court has said that an individual can not be charged with abetting a suicide if an aggrieved member of his staff, who honestly feels wronged by him, kills himself on that count.

Urging trial courts to be extremely careful, the apex court said that unless there were ‘specific allegation and material of definite nature (not imaginary or inferential one), it would be hazardous to ask the appellant or accused to face the trial’.

Even if a person honestly feels wronged and holds a grudge against his superior officer and commits suicide on account of that grudge, ‘it would still not be a proper allegation for basing the charge under Section 306 Indian Penal Code (abetment to suicide),’ an apex court bench of Justice V.S. Sirpurkar and Justice Cyriac Joseph said in their judgment Tuesday.

A person guilty of abetment to suicide faces a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice Sirpukar said that the reasonableness of the allegation against the accused that he had intended or engineered the suicide of the concerned person by his acts or words had to be seen objectively.

The apex court said this while quashing the first information report and subsequent proceedings against Ahmedabad-based senior officer of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Madan Mohan Singh.

He was charged with abetment to suicide after his driver Deepakbhai Kishanlal Joshi committed suicide.

The driver in his suicide note said that he was harassed and insulted by the senior officer.

The suicide note that was written 17 days before Joshi committed suicide Feb 21, 2008 was sent to the chief justice of Gujarat High Court and chief general manager of BSNL.

The judgment said that the ‘baseless and irrelevant allegations could not be used as a basis for prosecution for a serious offence under Section 306 IPC’.

‘The intention of the accused to aid or to instigate or to abet the deceased to commit suicide is a must for (attracting) this particular offence,’ the judgment said.

The apex court said that high court erred in not quashing the proceedings.

The judgment said that it was absurd to even think that a superior officer like the appellant Singh would intend to bring about suicide of his driver and, therefore, abet the offence.

The court said that a criminal trial was not exactly a pleasant experience.

The person, like Singh in the present case, who is serving in a responsible post would certainly suffer great prejudice, were he to face prosecution on absurd allegations of irrelevant nature, the judgment said.

Doctor gets four years jail for wife’s suicide

A leading cardiologist of Chandigarh was Monday sentenced by a local court to four years rigorous imprisonment for abetting the suicide of his doctor wife five years ago.

Additional District and Sessions Judge R.N Bharti, who had last week convicted Deepak Kaura, a leading cardiologist who runs a private hospital here, sentenced him to four years rigorous imprisonment.

The court also fined Kaura Rs.2,000.

The cardiologist was arrested by the Chandigarh police June 2005, just months after his doctor wife, Babita, died after falling from the balcony of their flat in Sector 24 here. He was initially booked for murdering his wife but later the charges were converted to abetment to suicide.

Babita was working as an assistant professor of immuno-pathology at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), a premier health institution of north India, here when she died. The couple had two young children.

Kaura and his sister, Deepali, had maintained that Babita fell from the balcony of their flat in Sector 24 Jan 18, 2005.

Kaura was, at that time, running his own private cardiology clinic, Annie Heart institute.

Police later submitted before the court some photographs of Kaura merry-making with his staff nurses at a hill resort in Himachal Pradesh.

‘The deceased was having strained relations with her husband as she was upset over Kaura’s relations with his female colleagues. The couple had consumed liquor in the evening before Babita jumped to death,’ a police official said here Monday.

He added: ‘The couple indulged in some heated argument during late night. Following this, Kaura also called his sister Deepali at his house to resolve the issue. At around 11.55 p.m., Babita went out in the balcony on the pretext of calling someone but she jumped to death.’

Earlier police had also booked Deepali in this case but later she was absolved.