Monday, July 4, 2011

HC stays investigation in RFO suicide case.

Final hearing in this matter has been scheduled for August 1 
Posted On Saturday, July 02, 2011 at 02:47:11 AM

Yadvendrasinh Chauhan
Gujarat High Court has stayed investigation in the suicide case of the Range Forest Officer (RFO) of Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation. The final hearing has been scheduled on August 1.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Bharat Pathak, director of GEER, and two other officers seeking to quash the FIR lodged against them. The body of 44-year-old RFO Yadvendrasinh Chauhan was fished out from Narmada Canal near Koraj village in April.
He served as technical assistant at GEER, Gandhinagar. Before he was posted at Gandhinagar, Chauhan had served at various forest divisions in the state, including a considerable time at Gir forest.
On April 13, 2011, Chauhan’s father lodged First Information Report with Gandhinagar police station against Pathak and two DFOs M K Nanda and Suman Gurjar. The police had obtained a suicide note of Chauhan that depicted harassment faced by him.
The court observed
The court said that the suicide note is a rhetoric document in the nature of a departmental complaint. It also suggested  mental imbalance on the part of the deceased, which Chauhan himself had describes as depression.
There is nothing in the two suicide notes as well as the affidavits which have been relied upon, said sources.  These documents are said to have been sworn by the deceased spanning over a year preceding the date of suicide as well as the allegations levelled by his father, said sources.
Chauhan was allegedly harassed by three of his seniors, who wanted him to prepare inflated bills for projects. Chauhan has left behind five affidavits, naming the three officials — Pathak, M K Nanda and Suman Gurjar.
Based on Chauhan's affidavits and the statement of his father, the police had registered the case against the three officials.


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