A small-time trader, accused in a case of electricity theft amounting to around Rs 12 lakh, allegedly committed suicide in a north-east Delhi locality on Saturday.
Haricharan, 38, who sold building material from the ground floor of his house in Karaval Nagar, was found hanging in his shop in the morning, a senior police official said.
A team of BSES officials had raided his residence in June and found that he was allegedly indulging in power theft. They had also asked him to pay around Rs 12 lakh electricity bill.
After he failed to pay up, the electricity distribution company got a case registered against him and his tenant Sanjeev Malik on October 13 at Khajoori Khas police station in north-east Delhi.
"We had registered a case against Haricharan and were investigating the matter after recording his statement. He was suffering from depression for sometime," Deputy Commissioner of Police (north-east Delhi) Devesh Srivastava said.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.