Kovai police refer techie’s ‘suicide will’ to top cop

Police in Coimbatore have sought directions from the Director General of Police (DGP) on how to handle the ‘will’ of a young orphaned techie who ended his life here two days ago after ‘bequeathing’ his family properties to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Published: 20th June 2012 08:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2012 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

Police in Coimbatore have sought directions from the Director General of Police (DGP) on how to handle the ‘will’ of a young orphaned techie who ended his life here two days ago after ‘bequeathing’ his family properties to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

The 24-year old youth, J Sathyanarayanan who worked as software engineer with the IT major Cognizant in Coimbatore, had left behind a short suicide note in Tamil saying that “Amma (a reverential reference to the Chief Minister) must take over my properties and use its proceeds for social welfare causes.”

Sathyanarayanan’s father had died four years ago and his mother passed away six months ago. This had left him lonely and depressed.

The police, who are coming across such an instance of a ‘suicide will’ for the first time are perplexed over how to handle the case. “The suicide note merely says that his properties must be taken over by the CM. We are not clear as to what legal action we can take on the basis of this letter. Therefore we have asked for clarifications from the headquarters,” Coimbatore DCP Hema Karunakaran told the Express.

“I learned about my grandson’s ‘suicide will’ only from the newspapers. I am not even able to move out of my village due to old age and vision-related problems. I did not even attend the funeral in Coimbatore. I can’t react any further,” Sathya­narayanan’s septuagenarian grandfather Balu.

Meanwhile, according to lawyers the suicide note had no legal force in respect of alienating the property owned by the victim’s family.

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