SDM: Bhave committed suicide on own volition
Ponda sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Johnson Fernandes has concluded in his much-awaited inquiry report that senior mines official Dattatray Bhave committed suicide of his own volition and that no person was responsible for the same.
The 25-page report that took over three-and-a-half months to complete has been submitted to the Ponda police. The inquiry was mandatory under Section 176 of CrPC as Bhave was under suspension along with five other officials of the mines and geology department at the time of his suicide. The suspension followed the tabling in Parliament of the Shah commission report on illegal mining in Goa.
Bhave was found hanging in his home on September 21, 2012 and a case of unnatural death was registered.
Two days later Congress spokesperson Sudip Tamankar filed a police complaint alleging that Bhave was harassed because of which he killed himself.
The SDM, after recording the statements of Tamankar, Bhave's wife, daughter and brother, mines' officials and officials of 5-6 mining firms, ruled out any harassment or victimization behind Bhave taking the drastic step.
Referring to Tamankar's complaint, he noted: No substantial proof has been laid to drive home the point that suspension from services was the sole ground that led Bhave to commit suicide. If that be the case of looking at things then no judge would ever be in a position to deliver any judgment. If any person against whom a judgment is passed commits suicide, should the judge of a court be held responsible? Obviously not, and similar is the approach that needs to be applied in this case.
Quoting Bhave's wife, the report states: She has clearly stated that at no point had her deceased husband complained of any harassment meted out to him by his ex-director or the present director. She also disclosed that at no point had her husband been called for any interrogations by the Shah commission… To a specific query whether Bhave committed suicide on account of the exposing of many people involved in the mining scam, she said she has no idea." [TOI]