Amravati Police have registered a case against five judicial officers of the region, including a district session judge, in connection with the alleged suicide of an additional chief judicial magistrate, officials said on Friday.
Anup Jawalkar, civil judge senior division and additional chief judicial magistrate at Darwha in Yavatmal, allegedly committed suicide on March 6 by throwing himself before an oncoming train at a railway crossing at Manjarkhed in Amravati district’s Chandur Bazaar.
The case against the senior judicial officials from Yavatmal, including a senior judge in the district, was lodged after their names were found in a suicide note possibly written by Jawalkar. His suicide had triggered speculation regarding the possible reasons.
“Yes, we have registered offences against five judicial officers in this regard after verifying the allegations and authenticity of the suicide note submitted by the judge’s family,” Lakhmi Gautam, superintendent of police, Amravati (rural) district, said.
The suicide note was found at Jawalkar’s official residence by his younger brother, Amol, who had come to shift the household articles of his brother to Pune.
Amol, who plans to approach the high court to seek justice, said he came across the suicide note in an old wallet of his brother when the family was packing luggage to shift to Pune. He lodged a complaint with the police after finding the note.
The wallet of the senior judicial official was not found at the spot where he allegedly killed himself. His identity card had helped police establish his identity.
Jawalkar, who belonged to Wardha district, had come to the railway crossing at Manjarkhed in his four-wheeler before committing suicide. The judge had gone to Yavatmal to attend a wedding a day before he committed suicide. He left home at midnight, leaving his mobile phone at home.
Reports have said that Jawalkar, who was transferred to Darwha from Yavatmal a few days ago, was not happy with the transfer.
Jawalkar was recruited in 2004 as a civil judge junior division and promoted as an additional judicial magistrate in 2012.