The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to top managers of Punjab National Bank JK Gupta and AK Gupta in abetment to suicide case of their junior, chief manager Ajay Sehgal.
Sehgal, who was heading the bank branch in Sector 20, Panchkula, had jumped before a train on July 2.
At that time, JK Gupta was field general manager and was incharge of 500 branches in Haryana and Chandigarh. While, AK Gupta was circle head and was incharge of eight branches of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Ambala.
Both JK Gupta and AK Gupta submitted before the high court that they had no ill-will or enmity against Sehgal and letters were issued in routine to the employees who were not performing up to the mark. They claimed that they did not have any direct contact with the employees who were not performing up to the mark and they could not be said to have abetted the deceased to commit suicide.
Special Investigation Team (SIT) head ACP Dharamveer told HT that both accused had not been cooperating though they had joined the investigations.
About the case, he said, “There is enough oral evidence against the accused. We found that Sehgal was humiliated in a meeting on April 22. On July 2, the day he committed suicide, proper procedure to call him for the meeting was not followed.” Sehgal had jumped before the train soon after the meeting.
The ACP informed that some documentary evidence was yet to be collected and also the forensic report of suicide note was awaited.
Sehgal had committed suicide after the meeting with the accused on July 2 where he was allegedly humiliated.
Earlier, the case was with General Railway Police (GRP) but later it was transferred to the Ambala-Panchkula commissionerate and a SIT was formed to look into it.