Employee’s suicide: Owner jailed
Sanjay Srivastava had been employed as marketing officer of the company for nine years before he committed suicide by consuming aluminium phosphate tablets in 2001.
V K Traders, an East Delhi-based private company was owned by Vijay Sukhija. Srivastava’s suicide note blamed Sukhija and accountant Uttam Duggal for making death threats after he approached the labour court, seeking an increase in wages. The note alleged that the two convicts forced Srivastava to sign a blank paper.
“I was summoned to the office and unparliamentary language was used against me. I was forced to sign the blank papers by the office accountant and the owner. They said: ‘If you don’t sign then I can get you killed by any notorious person’,” the suicide note, reportedly found in Srivastava’s pocket, said.
Additional Sessions Judge T R Naval said Sukhija and Duggal had abetted the suicide of Srivastava by their conduct and intimidation.
“It is held that prosecution has successfully proved its case beyond any suspicion or reasonable shadow of doubt against Sukhija and Duggal. Both the accused, by their behaviour, conduct and intimidation, abetted Srivastava to commit suicide,” the court said.
The court also awarded compensation to Srivastava’s wife. “A sum of Rs 1 lakh will be given to the widow of Sanjay Srivastava,” the court said.
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