Inquiry sought into suicide of judge
A senior advocate of the Kerala High Court has filed a petition at the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate Court seeking inquiry against the Thodupuzha District and Sessions Judge over the suicide of Alappuzha District and Principal Sessions Judge in 2011.
Advocate V T Raghunath raised allegations against Thodupuzha District Sessions Judge Abraham Mathew that Alappuzha District and Sessions Judge Baburaj had committed suicide because of intentional threatening, harassment, embarrassment and abuse from Mathew. In the petition, Raghunath said when he had met Baburaj last time in July 2011, he had told him of severe mental harassment and verbal torturing by Mathew, then director of the Kerala Judicial Academy. Baburaj had training session at the Kerala Judicial Academy before being appointed as district judge.
“Baburaj told me that Mathew had threatened him that by using his official contacts and influence, he would manage to get him terminated. Mathew was afraid that he might be overlooked for elevation as High Court judge as there was chance of Baburaj being considered for the post before Mathew’s turn. If Baburaj was elevated before Mathew, the latter could have lost the chances of becoming a High Court judge,” Raghunath said.