Sources claim that dues mentioned in the purported ‘suicide note’ were not true and Gaurav Dutt was on compulsory waiting because of disciplinary action against him.
Kolkata, February 25, 2019 —
- Gaurav Dutt was found dead at Kolkata home last Tuesday
- Mr Dutt was suspended for nine months in February 2010
- BJP leader Mukul Roy said there should be a CBI probe into the case
The alleged suicide of a senior police officer, Gaurav Dutt, in Kolkata has become the fodder for political attack by BJP leader Mukul Roy, on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Mr Roy demanded the arrest of the the Chief Minister for abetment to suicide and also said there should be a CBI probe into the case.
“This is for the first time in the history of West Bengal that a senior IPS officer committed suicide and blamed the government or a party leader,” Mr Roy said.
In the alleged ‘suicide note’ that went viral on social media, the officer accused Ms Banerjee of abetting his suicide by keeping him on “compulsory waiting” — a punitive step when an officer is not given a posting — and for withholding his dues after he retired on December 31, 2018.
How the ‘suicide note’ became viral is not clear. Mr Dutt, was a 1986 batch IPS officer.
On Tuesday, his wife returned home to find him in a pool of blood at his Salt Lake home. His wrists were slit. He was immediately taken to the hospital but did not survive.
The state government is tight-lipped about the incident. Sources claim that none of the dues mentioned in the alleged ‘suicide note’ were pending and Mr Dutt was on compulsory waiting because of disciplinary proceedings initiated him.
Mr Dutt was suspended for nine months from February 2010 for “conduct unbecoming of an officer”. According to reports, he was suspended after the wife of a constable complained that Mr Dutt had tortured her husband because he had refused the officer’s sexual advances.
In 2012, he had again faced disciplinary action for alleged financial irregularities.
Mukul Roy has urged the IPS association to take up the cause of Mr Dutt.
Ms Banerjee, who had protested three weeks ago against arbitrary action by the CBI on the then Kolkata Police Commissioner, had also invoked the IPS Association and said that it would surely speak up in favour of Rajeev Kumar. The CBI had virtually stormed his official residence on February 3, to question him in connection with the chit fund scam.