July 26, 2013 1:59:38 pm
Mumbai Crime branch officials investigating the alleged suicide of Tata Steel company’s former Chief of Corporate Communication,Charudatta Deshpande have grilled a senior official working along with him.
A senior official in the Corporate Communication Department was grilled till Thursday midnight,said Deputy SP Deepak Devraj.
“We have visited the Human Resource,Vigilance and Intelligence departments of the company and recorded statements of some officials in connection with the case yesterday,” he said.
Devraj,along with five officials from Mumbai crime branch and Thane Rural Police,is investigating the case.
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“We have also verified some documents related to the case and visited the departments a couple of times in course of the investigation,” he said.
The investigation will continue even on Friday,he said.
“We have already interrogated the Vice-President rank officials and may even talk to the Managing Director of the company,if required,” Devraj said to a question.
The investigating officials entered the company premises including Corporate Communication and General Office around 10.30 AM and left the corporate communication,where they interrogated an official till 12.10 PM.
The team from Mumbai began their probe into Deshpande’s suicide on Monday last and recorded statements of officials of Corporate Communication from Jamshedpur,Odisha and Kolkata,Vice-President ranked officials including Deputy Vice-president (Corporate services) Sunil Bhaskaran,Farzan Heerjee,Chief of Corporate Relations during the course.
Earlier,Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had ordered the Mumbai Crime Branch Chief Himanshu Roy to probe the alleged suicide of Deshpande following which the officer’s team has begun a parallel investigation into the case.
57-year-old Deshpande was found hanging at his Vasai home on June 28. No suicide note was found. His friends and former colleagues alleged that he had been harassed.
A case had been registered at Vasai police station.
There were allegations that Deshpande committed suicide following harassment by the employees of Tata Steel,where he had worked.
A parallel departmental inquiry has been ordered by Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry into the circumstances leading to Deshpande’s death.
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