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CBI gets Charu probe

The Maharashtra government on Thursday transferred the suicide probe of Mumbai-based PR man Charudatta Deshpande, a former Tata Steel employee, to the CBI.

Charudatta’s family and the Press Club of Mumbai had given separate letters to Maharashtra home minister R.R. Patil, stating the probe into abet charges against Tata Steel officials was deliberately not being pursued by the Thane rural police.

Charudatta, the former PR chief of Tata Steel, killed himself in Mumbai on June 28, 2013. An FIR was lodged by former Forbes editor charging Prabhat Sharma, then head of corporate affairs and communications, and some others, with abetment of suicide under IPC section 306.

This June 28, a commemoration was held at the Press Club of Mumbai, petitioning Patil to transfer the case to a neutral investigative agency.

On Friday, Press Club of Mumbai president Gurbir Singh told The Telegraph that the CBI would probe into the Charudatta case. He added they presented Patil with findings of a psychological autopsy by psychiatrist Harish Shetty that said Charudatta did not suffer from clinical depression, but months of mental torture had led to his suicide.

Tata Steel board has apparently broached cash compensation to his widow Nivedita.