Koderma: Journalist Priyabhansu Ranjan, accused of abetting suicide of his girl friend Nirupama Pathak on 29 April 2010, surrendered before a local court on June 5 and was sent to judicial remand for 14 days.
Rejecting his bail petition, the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Rakesh Singh, sent him to judicial custody. Earlier, Ranjan’s bail plea was rejected by the Jharkhand High Court. He approached the high court soon after the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Koderma, had issued warrants against him in connection with suicide of Nirupama, she too being a media person.
The warrants by the local courts were issued on the petition submitted by the police praying for issuance of warrants against him under section 306 (abetting the commission of suicide).
Initially a case of murder was filed against Nirupama’s mother, Sudha Pathak, and she was arrested. She got bail after remaining three months in judicial custody in 2010. After Nirupama’s body was found at her native place at Chitra Gupta Nagar Colony at Jhumri Telaiya in Koderma town on April 29, 2010, Ranjan accused the family of killing their daughter after allegedly opposing their marriage.
The police, however, had said in its investigation that a forensic laboratory in Kolkata found that the suicide note was signed by Nirupama, and ruled out murder.