A peon in the Sagar district court ended his life, accusing an additional sessions judge and his magistrate wife of harassing him, according to police.
Suraj Yadav, 29, left behind a suicide note in which he accused the judge and his wife of forcing him to work at their home before and after court hours and threatening him with dismissal for refusing to take their orders.
The unmarried peon hanged himself by the ceiling fan late Tuesday night at his home under Motinagar Police Station in Sagar town.
A note found in his pocket alleged that the couple made him wash clothes and utensils and perform many other chores such as sweeping.
On Tuesday, according to the note, he was denied leave for Durga Puja. Yadav accused the couple of lodging false complaints with his senior and threatening him with transfer.
“I am not the only person among the court staff to be harassed, it happens with all. I can’t tolerate it any longer. When we complain against the judge they are neither punished nor questioned. If no action is taken against them my soul will roam,” the peon said in the note carried by local newspapers.
Investigating officer G P Tiwari told The Indian Express that the police will get the suicide note examined by a handwriting expert based in Bhopal.
Also, other staff members in the court will be questioned if they too were subjected to harassment by the additional sessions judge and his wife.
“It’s a sensitive matter. We cannot straightaway question the judge and the magistrate or lodge an FIR,” Tiwari said.