Former City Police Commissioner Jyothiprakash Mirji and Head of City's Central Crime Branch (CCB) D Devaraj found themselves in the dock following a suicide note written and posted to Chief Minister's office by a stock broker alleging harassment by the police officials before committing suicide last Saturday.

The deceased Ripon Malhotra, in his five page suicide note, alleged that Devaraj, forced him "to pay up Rs 7 crore or die".

Mr Devaraj allegedly acted like a "recovery agent" and threatened to foist cases against him and put him behind bars if he did not pay, Mr Malhotra said in the letter. Even the Police Commissioner reportedly threatened him with dire consequences and even misbehaved with his staff, he alleged.

The Vivek Nagar police, who are investigating the suicide case, said they need to verify whether the letter was written by Mr. Malhotra. "We will subject the letter to examination by Forensic Sciences Laboratory (FSL) to analyze the hand writing, the police said.

Mr Malhotra had committed suicide at his rented house in Ejipura on Saturday by hanging.

Senior police officials are now tightlipped about the matter. "We have not received any communiqué from the CM's office", a senior police official said

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