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Two suicide notes left by Shobharani Das

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SHOBHARANI GHOST HAUNTS ASHRAM TRUST
DID 8 PEOPLE DRIVE AUROBINDO ASHRAM SHOBARANI DAS TO COMMIT SUICIDE: CASE BEFORE HIGH COURT SEEKING TRANSFER TO OTHER STATE COURT

In the famous Kanchi Kamakoti Madathipathi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal case and J. Jayalalitha cases justice was sought in Courts outside their respective state of residence. Similarly in the suicide case of Shobharani Das [55] an inmate of Aurobindo Ashram, the two suicide notes on left by her side and posted to her son in Orissa, names 8 persons harassing her to commit suicide. This case is pending before the High Court of Madras. Journalists who had reported on daily basis the cases of the two famous persons mentioned above have failed miserably to report what happens in Court rooms, whenever this case comes up. Public who hail the Right to Information Act expect the media to inform them, whoever may be at fault.

FINAL HEARING CASES MADRAS HIGH COURT CASE STATUS INFORMATION SYSTEM
Case Status: Pending, Status of CRIMINAL ORIGINAL PETITION 24421 of 2006
DEVBRAT DAS Vs THE STATION HOUSE OFFICER
Petitioners Advocate: M/S.K.BIJAI SUNDAR, Respondent's Advocate: PUBLIC PROSECUTOR
Last Listed On: No Date Mentioned , Category: Petition under Section 482 Cr.PC


Shobharani Das Story

Devbrat Das, the Petitioner in the Crl. O. P. No. 24421 of 2006 before the Madras High Court is the son of Hare Krishna Das, and the deceased Shobharani Das. His mother late Shobharani Das the deceased in the above case joined Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry in the year 1982 and she was accepted as a permanent ashramite from the year 1992. His elder sister Swarnalata, aged 40 years also is an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram since 1983. His father Harekrishna Das, has been offering voluntary services in Sri Aurobindo Ashram since 1996 and is residing in a place provided by the Ashram. Shobharani Das (55) an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry was found hanging under mysterious circumstances, in her room no. 43, A.B. House, at No. 33, Dr. Ambedkar Street Kuruchikuppam, Pondicherry-605 001 on 25/02/2004 leaving a suicide note in Oriya language stating that the 8 persons were the cause for her committing suicide.

Devbrat Das came from Orissa to Pondicherry for the cremation of his mother. The police had seized the suicide note of his mother and a similar note addressed to him by post, sent by his mother to Orissa. Initially the case was registered u/s 174 of Cr.P.C. and after the seizure of the suicide notes and recording of statements the case was altered in to Sec. 306 r/w 34 of IPC.

In his petition seeking transfer of this case to any state outside of Puducherry Devbrat Das alleges that he will get not any justice before the Courts at Pondicherry. He is permanent resident at Rourkela at Orissa, and alleges that the Pondicherry Trial Court is very hasty to conduct the trial knowing fully well that important witnesses’ mother tongue being Oriya, they do not know Tamil, English or Hindi and without taking any efforts to appoint a translator the Court has fixed dates for trial, which attitude, he construe and reasonably apprehend that he will not get justice for the death of his mother from Pondicherry Courts. He suspects that he would not get fair and impartial trial for the death of his mother and there is every likelihood of the accused persons escaping from the clutches of law if the trial is allowed to take place at Pondicherry. Hence, he claims it is just and necessary to transfer the case in S.C. No. 30 of 2006 on the file of Assistant Sessions Court at Pondicherry to any other Court in Tamilnadu and pass such other or further Orders as High Court of Madras deems fit and proper in the interests of justice.

Let us await the High Court order and the media of Chennai to be free from Ashram phobia to report what happens in Court when the case is taken up.

N. Nandhivarman, General Secretary, Dravida Peravai
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