St. Stephen's murder: He was on antipsychotic drug after knowing he was gay, parents of missing doc tell High Court
The investigation into the whereabouts of doctor Suyash Gupta, the prime suspect in the mysterious murder of his colleague and lover Shashwat Pande, will now be monthly reviewed by the magistrate concerned.
The Delhi High Court was hearing the petition moved by the parents of Suyash, seeking his whereabouts.
Disposing of the petition, the court assured the parents that Delhi Police was carrying an intensive investigation to find their son. Suyash, a 26-year-old resident doctor, was found with his throat slit in the retiring room of the St. Stephens hospitals radiology department on the night of August 26.
Speaking to Mail Today, advocate Jayant Bhatt said, It is a partial justice to an aggrieved mother as the suspense still looms over the life or death of doctor Suyash Gupta. This might very well be a case of double murder. The parents have cooperated in every way and hope that the truth finally comes out.
In her petition, Suyashs mother stated that she has constantly co-operated with the police, but feels there has been a dereliction of duty by the latter.
The petition said that she and her husband were called to the hospital where Suyash worked and told that their son was bisexual and that the deceased and their son were having a secret relationship.
She claimed that her son was prescribed a strong antipsychotic drug upon knowing about his sexual orientation, which had severe side-effects such as short-term memory lapse, nausea, dyskinesia, mental sluggishness and others.
On the intervening night of the incident, Suyash had told his mother that he was going out for a movie with his friends. The next day, his parents were called to the police station regarding Shashwats death and the suspected involvement of their son.
The autopsy said the victim had been stabbed over 20 times, including on his private parts, neck, chest, thigh, back and face.
Doctors at the hospital claimed Suyash had been diagnosed with a psychiatric illness. Due to his erratic behaviour, he was asked to go on leave earlier this year and was barred from entering the campus.
The family of Shashwat alleged that the suspect had shown all intent to harm him.
According to news reports, the local guardian of Shashwat said her nephew was being stalked right from the beginning. When my nephew opposed the harassment, he would be threatened with physical harm and even death through WhatsApp messages, she said.
Police sources said Suyash had been suspended once last year, then last January and third time last month, a suspension that was in effect. He had even been barred from visiting Shashwats hostel.