Employee’s suicide: Owner jailed
His brother-in-law, who had also been working in the firm, told the court that Srivastava and other employees had been abused by Sukhija and had approached the labour commission. He testified that the insults and scolding got worse when a labour inspector came to their office and asked Sukhija to increase their wages.
“Sukhija used to say to them that they should either work like a donkey or leave the job,” the witness said in his testimony. Srivastava’s wife had also testified that he had become increasingly unhappy with his job, but was unable to quit due to financial constraints.
The court awarded lenient sentences to Sukhija (56) and Duggal (36), “keeping in view the submissions and all relevant facts and circumstances in which the accused committed crime, it would be appropriate if lenient view in sentence is taken and victim is compensated”. The IPC prescribes a maximum punishment of 10 years for abetment of suicide.
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