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Cops question Charudutta’s wife, children

mumbai Updated: Jul 04, 2013 10:38 IST
Puja Changoiwala
Puja Changoiwala
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The Vasai police, on Wednesday, recorded the statements of the wife and two children of Charudutta Deshpande, the 57-year-old former chief of corporate affairs and communications at Tata Steel, who allegedly committed suicide at his Vasai home on June 28.

The police said Deshpande’s family – his wife Nivedita, 49, son Gaurav, 22, and daughter Adithi, 18 – told police he had been upset ever since he resigned from his post at Tata Steel.

“Deshpande was at home from May 25 after he finished his term at Tata Steel. His family said when they confronted him on several occasions, he would say nothing was wrong,” said Raju Nikumbhe, investigating officer of the case at Vasai police station.

Gurbir Singh, president of Press Club, Mumbai, who, along with eight friends and former colleagues of Deshpande, wrote a letter to Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry and emeritus Ratan Tata a day after his death said they would speak to the family about possible options as they are keen that the police investigate the case.

“Deshpande said very little to his family about the harassment at his workplace. But his friends and colleagues know what he was subjected to,” said Singh.

Mistry, on Tuesday, had responded to the letter saying that an independent investigation would be conducted into Deshpande’s death.

Deshpande was found hanging at his Vasai home on June 28 No suicide note was found. His friends and ex-colleagues alleged that he had been harassed.