The family of the vice-president of a mobile service provider who committed suicide on Friday alleged that he was being blackmailed by one of his friends, said senior inspector M Chaudhary of Santacruz police station.
“The family members of Chandra Murali Iyer, 47, who killed himself claim he was being blackmailed by a friend. We cannot name the person at this stage, but we are investigating if there is any truth in it.”
According to an officer, preliminary medical reports have ruled out foul play and mentioned that death was caused due to hanging. Iyer had used a length of cloth, used to tie turbans, to hang himself. The officer added that Iyer had called his wife, who lives in Delhi with their two sons, around 7.55 am on Friday and said he was unwell.
The officer refused to say if Iyer had any health problems.
Iyer’s friend and former colleague Ankita Rastogi, 35, discovered his body. Rastogi came to Iyer’s rented apartment around 8.30 am.
Chaudhary said, “When Rastogi knocked on the door, it opened and she saw Iyer hanging from the ceiling fan. She quickly alerted the neighbours and Iyer was taken to a nursing home in Khar where he was declared dead.
No suicide note was found from the residence.
“Everything at his residence was in order with no signs of any scuffle. Rastogi, had met Iyer on Thursday as well and her statement was recorded.”