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Company owner,accountant to stand trial for abetting employee’s suicide

A Private firm owner and his accountant have been ordered by the Delhi High Court to stand trial for abetting the suicide of an employee by threatening him with dire consequences.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
October 29, 2011 12:16:53 am

A Private firm owner and his accountant have been ordered by the Delhi High Court to stand trial for abetting the suicide of an employee by threatening him with dire consequences. The two had accused the employee of filing a case against the firm in labour court.

Upholding a trial court’s decision to try them under Section 306 (abetting suicide) of the Indian Penal Code, Justice Mukta Gupta noted that the victim had stated in the suicide note — addressed to the in-charge of the local police station — that he was humiliated by his employers in this regard.

“In the case at hand,the deceased was threatened with death,and there were implications regarding endangerment to his life and his children’s future. The act of the accused persons to make him sign the papers… would prima facie amount to instigating the deceased to commit suicide,” the court said.

The court dismissed the pleas of Vee Kay Traders’ owner Vijay Sakhija and accountant Uttam Duggal,stating that they not only abused and humiliated the victim,Sanjay Srivastava,but also threatened him with dire consequences. Sakhija and Duggal had then gone to the High Court,challenging the trial court’s order to frame abetment charges against them for driving Srivastava,hailing from Lucknow,to suicide.

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The court had ordered the duo’s trial on the basis of a suicide note written by Srivastava,who took the extreme step on February 7,2001,two days after being threatened by his employers.

In his suicide note,Srivastava said the case was filed in labour court at a time when he was in Lucknow. Upon his return,Srivastava was reportedly pulled up by his employer and accountant. They allegedly threatened him with dire consequences and made him sign several blank papers,police said.

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