SUICIDE … Ex-CBI director Ashwani Kumar found dead at home; suicide suspected


NEW DELHI: Former CBI director Ashwani Kumar, who was Nagaland Governor for a period, was found dead at his home in Shimla on Wednesday evening, reports quoting the local police said. Kumar was 69 and appears to have committed suicide. He is survived by his wife and a son.

In a suicide note, he said he no more wanted to live. He was depressed for the past few weeks, though the actual reasons were not revealed yet. A suicide note stating he was on a journey to next life has been recovered from his home. 

Kumar was DGP of Himachal Pradesh between 2006 and 2008, after which he got posted as Director of the CBI for two years. It was during this period that Kumar set up a second investigation team to go into the infamous Aarushi murder case, which came to the conclusion that her parents killed her after they  found her with the servant boy at home.

Reports also noted that Kumar was with the special protection group (SPG) during 1985 and 1990, when he served as assistant director at the PMO. He was known to have close association with the Nehru family from then on. 

It is also noted in reports that it was during his tenure as CBI director that Amit Shah,  the present Union home minister, was arrested in 2010 in connection with the Shohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Shah was then a minister in the Modi government in the state. A court had later dismissed the case against Shah as being politically motivated. Kumar was among the first set of governors to be removed from posts when the BJP government took charge in Delhi in 2014


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