Charu Deshpande suicide: Mumbai police interrogate Tata Steel officials

The investigating team from Mumbai is questioning several officials, including some in the vice-president rank, in connection with the alleged suicide of Charu Deshpande

A six-member team of Mumbai police has interrogated five officials of Tata Steel in connection with the alleged suicide of Charudutta (Charu) Deshpande, the steelmaker's former chief of corporate communication.

 

Deputy Superintendent of police Deepak Devraj has said that the team grilled five officials and verified some documents related with the case. He said, “We are trying to match the recorded statements of the officials and employees. Interrogation is on”.

 

The interrogation began on Monday and the investigating team questioned several officials of corporate communication department from Jamshedpur, Odisha and Kolkata.

 

They had even questioned officials in the rank of vice-president for hours on Tuesday.

 

57-year-old Deshpande, was found hanging at his Vasai home on 28th June. No suicide note was found. His friends and former colleagues alleged that he had been harassed.

 

There were allegations that Deshpande killed himself following harassment by the employees of Tata Steel, where he had worked.

 

A departmental inquiry has been ordered by Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry into the circumstances leading to Deshpande’s death.

 

Earlier, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil had ordered Mumbai Crime Branch chief Himanshu Roy to probe the alleged suicide of Deshpande following which the team has begun a parallel investigation into the case.

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