Maha home min R R Patil scales up probe on Charu suicide

12 Jul,2013

By A Correspondent


Maharashtra’s Home Minister and former Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil has scaled up the police investigation into the reported suicide of Tata Steel’s former head of corporate communications Charudatta Deshpande and has directed Joint Commissioner of Police Himanshu Roy to oversee the operations. He has also directed the police to form teams to visit Jamshedpur to probe whether there was any coercion or intimidation or any other criminal act that led to Mr Deshpande taking his own life.


The Home Minister was responding to an appeal made by a delegation of the Press Club, Mumbai that included senior journalists Kumar Ketkar, Ayaz Memon and Charles Assisi. The team met Mr Patil on Thursday, July 11 evening. In its letter to Mr Patil, senior Club officebearers demanded that the inquiry into the former journalist and PR professional’s death should not be closed as a case of an ‘accidental death’ but must be probed deeply as there were sufficient prima facie evidence that he had been threatened and kept under house arrest in the days prior to the incident. The delegation also demanded that the investigation be moved out from the Vasai Police Station to a more competent agency like the DCB – CID or the State CID department.


Reacting to the demand, the Home Minister told the Press Club delegation that he had entrusted the investigation to Deputy Superintendent of Police, Thane-Rural, Mr Devraj, and that under the supervision of Joint CP Himanshu Roy, all necessary resources and manpower assistance from the Detection of Crime Branch – CID, and State CID would be provided.


The minister said the precise contours of the investigation would emerge in “three or four days”, and he invited Press Club officials to monitor the progress. A parallel enquiry has been ordered by Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry into the circumstances leading to Mr Deshpande’s death.


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