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Mumbai cops quiz Tata officials

Jamshedpur, Dec. 7: A five-member police team from Mumbai arrived in Jamshedpur today to begin the second round of investigations into the suicide of Tata Steel’s former top PR man Charudatta Deshpande.

Led by investigating officer-cum-DSP (Vasai division) Prashant Deshpande, the team will gather more evidence against Prabhat Sharma, the Jamshedpur-based head of the steel major’s corporate affairs and communications and Charudatta’s former deputy, who is alleged to have abetted the suicide.

Today, the team met Tata Steel’s vice-president Sunil Bhaskaran and also visited the corporate affairs and communications office to interrogate its chief Kulvin Suri and eight other employees. The officers, who spent over 10 hours at the office, left around 7pm after going through official documents. “We will carry on our investigations tomorrow and speak to some more Tata Steel employees,” DSP Deshpande told The Telegraph.

Former editor of Forbes India magazine Indrajit Gupta had filed an FIR at Thane police station November 18, accusing Sharma of prompting Charudatta to end life on June 28. Booked under Section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC, Sharma went to Mumbai and filed the bail application with the sessions court on November 26. The court deferred the hearing till December 11 as Deshpande sought more time to complete investigations.

In July, a joint police team from Thane and Mumbai had visited Jamshedpur.

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