Top cop questions IIT dons on Fathima suicide
Tamil Nadu

Top cop questions IIT dons on Fathima suicide

S Murari

S Megalina,  a top official in the Crime Branch of Chennai Police, on Friday interrogated three professors from Indian Institute of  Technology Madras in connection with suicide by first year student Fathima Latheef on Nov 9 last.

Megalina is part of a special team of the Crime Branch formed to investigate the case involving suicide by Fathima following alleged religious persecution by some professors in her department in the campus.

Megalini, who is additional deputy commissioner in charge of crimes against women and children, started the investigation a day after Chennai Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan visited the campus and interrogated faculty members and announced the formation of a special team from the Crime Branch Police.

“As it has become a sensitive issue, we have decided that it is necessary to have senior officials investigating the case,” he said.

On the demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe, he said the special team head C Easwaramoorthy has had a stint in the CBI and successfully cracked several tough cases in Tamil Nadu as well . The team included assistant commissioner Prabhakaran who also had served in the CBI, he pointed out.

"All steps will be taken to expeditiously complete investigation in the case and bring out the truth," he said.

The demand for CBI enquiry arose because Fathima, who was doing first year in the integrated five-year masters course in humanities, was from Kollam and her father had complained to Kerala Chief Minister that she was driven to suicide because of religious persecution by three professors in her department whom she had named in her mobile notes.

In a twist in the tale, pro-BJP media section of the media has accused a few pro-Tamil groups and Dravidian parties of attempting to give a communal colour to Fathima’s suicide by blaming associate professor Sudarshan  Padmnabhan alone for her extreme step.

They have said Fathima had cited associate Prof Padmanabhan as well as two other staff members.  They have said Fatima, in her suicide has said:‘In the case of my death the whole blame will be unremittingly upon Hemachandran Karah and Mr Milind Brahme’.

While Sudharshan is said to be linked to Arappor Iyakkam, Brahme is a Dalit-Dravidian ideologist and advisor of an Ambedkar-Periyar group, these reports have said.