Four years after musician Karan Joseph (29) allegedly committed suicide, the Mumbai Criminal Branch closed the case. Joseph reportedly jumped to his death from the 13th floor of his friend and music producer Rishi Shah’s house in Bandra on September 9, 2017.
After Joseph’s family members alleged that Shah pushed Joseph to commit suicide, Bandra Police registered a case of inciting suicide against strangers but found no evidence against anyone.
Criminal Branch Unit V, which was then assigned the case, filed a “C Summary” report in local court earlier this week. A “C Summary” report means the case is neither false nor true, but was closed due to an error.
A police officer said the investigation took a long time because police had to wait for forensic reports from the Kalina forensics lab, which they contacted to retrieve data from Joseph’s cellphones and of a few others.
As part of its investigation, the criminal branch recorded statements from Joseph’s friends and family members and went through WhatsApp chats between Joseph and Shah. A medical team also recreated the scene of the alleged crime by throwing a dummy of the same height and weight as Joseph from Shah’s house to confirm that he himself jumped to his death and was not pushed. down.
Bandra Police, which initially registered a case of accidental death, registered an FIR for incitement to suicide based on a complaint from Joseph’s father. Later, while the police did not arrest anyone, his family members contacted Mumbai Police Commissioner Datta Padsalgikar who transferred the case to the criminal branch.