Former in-charge dean of Jabalpur’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College and Hospital Dr DK Sakale had committed suicide, police investigation confirmed. Dr Sakale, 64, was found charred at his official residence on the college campus on July 4, 2014. He had sustained over 90% burns.
His death had created ripples in the media and was linked to the multi-crore cash-for-job Vyapam scam. A doctor from Jabalpur, Sudhir Tiwari, had also claimed that Sakale was shot with a laser gun.
Garha police station town inspector Ravindra Gautam told reporters on Thursday that after investigation police found that Dr Sakale committed suicide.
“No such evidence was found which suggest that the (Jabalpur medical college) dean was murdered… The police will soon file the closure report in the court,” he said.
The probe covered every aspect, including rumours that the dean was holding some information related to the Vyapam scam, but the claims were unfounded, he said.
According to police, Dr Sakale’s wife had served him tea around 7am and left for morning walk. When she returned after half-an-hour she saw her husband in a charred state in the house, they said.
The police have reportedly recovered a container having kerosene and a match box from the garden with one or two burnt matchsticks. No suicide note was found.
Dr Sakale was on 20 days leave when the incident happened. He was set to retire in 60 days.