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SIT investigation in MP Mohan Delkar’s suicide in Mumbai; A BJP leader named in the case

by Raju Vernekar
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IT Correspondent
Mumbai, Mar 10:

An FIR was registered late Tuesday night at Marine Drive police station against 12 persons in connection with the suicide of MP Mohan Sanjibhai Delkar(58) from Dadra and Nagar Haveli Lok Sabha constituency,
Delkar, a seven-term Lok Sabha member from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, allegedly died by suicide in a Mumbai hotel on Monday, February 22,2021. The body of Delkar (58), Independent MP, was found at the sea-facing hotel in south Mumbai’s Marine Drive area.
Delkar’s son Abhinav said that the FIR was lodged as per his complaint. Initially an ADR was registered with Marine Drive police station. The administrator of Dadra and Nager Haveli Praful Khodabhai Patel and others have been named in the FIR.
The Delkar family met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and urged him to take immediate action in the matter. 
Patel was the Home Minister of Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He took charge as the administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu in August 2016. Patel was the first politically appointed administrator in the history of the union territories, a position that had previously been held only by officers from the Indian Administrative Services. In 2010, Amit Shah resigned as the minister of state for home in Gujarat, after he was arrested in connection with the allegedly staged encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh. Shah was the prime accused in the case.
Soon after the incident the Congress had demanded a judicial probe into the suicidal death of Delkar and the removal of Patel. Pawan Khera, a National Spokesperson of Indian National Congress in a media briefing on February 26 said that Patel should be booked for abetment to suicide by Delkar and he should be immediately removed from the post. Besides a judicial commission should be set up to inquire into the matter since Delkar ended his life due to harassment by Patel and other officers at his behest. Delkar had aired out his grievances in Lok Sabha in September 2020.
Delkar was not allowed to work during the COVID-19 epidemic, attempts were made to demolish the SSR College of Arts, Science and Commerce set up by his father at Silvassa. He was humiliated and was not invited to official functions. He had even donated land for NAMO Medical Education and Research Institute being set up by the Union Health Ministry. Yet he was harassed. If this is the fate of seven-term MP then what would be a plight of a common man, Khera had questioned.
 “Leaving the central investigative agencies against their political rivals, disrupting the governments elected by the governors and administrators, tearing apart the constitution, Modi and Amit Shah saheb are putting new traditions of organized criminalization in politics” Khera tweeted.
Tribal rights advocate Delkar had come to Mumbai on February 21, to attend a court hearing of one of his supporters, but hanged himself from the ceiling fan at Hotel Sea Green South in, in South Mumbai on Monday, February 22, 2021, leaving a 15-page suicide note. The note held politicians and administrative officials responsible for “injustice”, “insult” and “bias” meted out to him and specifically named Praful Khodabhai Patel. Delkar was cremated with full state honors on February 23 at his home town Silvassa in presence of a large number of his supporters. 

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