The Bombay High Court has pulled up the police for the delay in investigating the case of suicide by a Kalyan student a year ago, allegedly due to harassment by fellow students, and directed them to call a handwriting expert to the court on Tuesday.
"Why has the police not taken any action against the boys who have been named in the suicide note. Have you (the police) even questioned them?" asked judge NH Patil.
Judges Patil and Anuja Prabhudessai were hearing a petition on Wednesday filed by Balu Padalkar, the father of Nitin, the second year student of Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology in Nerul who ended his life by jumping in front of a running train nearly a year ago.
Aniket Nikam, counsel for Padalkar, said: "The police had found a chit on Nitin wherein it was categorically mentioned that he was committing suicide as he was frustrated due the mental harassment at the hands of two boys who were studying with him."
Padalkar, 48, stated that despite clear information about the circumstances of the case the police had not taken any action against the accused and was protecting them. Therefore, he sought that the probe be handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
When the counsel for the police informed the court that they were still trying to get the opinion of a handwriting expert, judge Patil said: "It's been nearly a year. Let the handwriting expert come to the court on Tuesday (may 6, 2014)."
Nitin, who was studying electronics and telecommunications, had been depressed for some time before it took the drastic step. The 19-year-old had apparently told his parents that two students at the institute were harassing him and verbally abused him.
The advocate told the court that a day before he committed suicide he cried a lot at home, and he told his parents that the constant harassment and torture by the two students had made his life miserable.
On May 10, 2013, he left the house to meet his friends. When he did not return till late in the night, his parents and sister started searching for him. Late that night, they received a call from the Kalyan police saying that the body of an unidentified person had been found lying on the railway tracks and they asked them to come and identify the body.
"The FIR categorically states that Nitin Padalkar had told his parents that one of the students troubled and intimidated him as he did not show them any favours during the examinations and that due to this mental harassment he could not answer the exams properly," the advocate said.
"The petitioner's son was studying in the Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology, whose founder president is Padmashree Dr DY Patil. That Dr Patil is governor of Bihar and one of his sons is the minister of state for home and the police machinery comes under his ministry, hence the petitioner has an apprehension that the investigation may not be conducted in fair and unbiased manner," the petition stated.
Padalkar petitioned the court to call for the records and seek an explanation from the police for going slow with the investigation.