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Sorry For Interruption

No headway in the curious case of suicide by a cable operator in Punjab

Last Stand Sorry For Interruption

The judges of the Supreme Court—the final court of appeal in India—usually adjudicate ­serious crimes at a distance from the place of occurrence. Busy with their heavy dockets and mostly confined in the sanitised environment that comes with the office, the seniormost judges rarely ever witness a crime themselves. On March 28, 2015, cable operator Jaswinder Singh ‘Jassi’ interrupted this routine—fatally—during a Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) conference at a posh hotel in Amritsar.

The incident, in which Jassi consumed poison that led to his death, is said to have taken place in the presence of TDSAT chairperson and former Supreme Court judge Justice Aftab Alam, SC judge Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, former chief justice of Rajasthan High Court and Lokpal of Punjab SK Mittal and Patna High Court acting chief justice Hemant Gupta.

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