The Bombay High Court has refused to direct the investigation into the alleged suicide committed by an air hostess within five months of her marriage, and asked the sessions court to proceed with the case on the basis of available evidence.
Vrishali Gavade, who was employed by a private airline, was found hanging at her Dombivli residence on June 16, 2012. She was in the seventh month of pregnancy.
A division bench of judges NH Patil and VL Achiliya gave the order on a petition by Kashinath Gaikwad, the air hostess' father, who alleged in his petition that her husband Jayesh was forcing her to nominate him in a Mulund flat she owned.
Prakash Naik and Vrushali Raje, counsels for Gaikwad, argued that Jayesh and his mother had been harassing Vrishali since the marriage on January 29, 2012 and that from the circumstances it appeared to be a case of murder.
Gaikwad, therefore, sought that the investigation be handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Additional public prosecutor Mankunwar Deshmukh informed the court that the police had recovered a suicide note and the handwriting matched Vrishali's. The police had recorded statements of Jayesh's colleagues. They had also checked the attendance register at his office in Nariman Point which showed he was present there at 11am on the day Vrishali died.
The postmortem on Vrishali put the time of death at about 12 noon. Deshmukh also submitted a report by a committee of three doctors of JJ hospital that stated Vrishali had committed suicide. The police had booked Jayesh and his mother for abetment.
Based on the information available, the court said there was no need to undertake any further investigation and it directed the trial court to appreciate the existing evidence on merit.