A 45-year-old additional district and sessions court judge in Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur district committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills and then setting herself on fire at her official residence, police said on Thursday.
The judge, Amrita Lal, was posted at Mungeli town. Her body was recovered Wednesday night when her domestic help entered the house and found the charred body.
"The judge has left a three-page suicide note and termed depression as the sole reason for the extreme step," KL Dhuruv, Bilaspur district additional superintendent of police, told IANS.
He said that a case has been registered and a probe has begun.
The judge had been living alone at her official residence for the past 18 months. She married Sanjay Lal of Dhamtari district about 18 years ago.