Since November 4, the nation has wanted to know more about the role Republic TV channel owner and star anchor Arnab Goswami is claimed to have played in allegedly abetting the death by suicide of an architect in 2018.

The architect, Anvay Naik, and his mother died by suicide in May 2018 in Alibaug, near Mumbai. He left a suicide note claiming that he had taken the step because he had not been paid dues amounting to Rs 5.40 crores owed to him by Goswami and two other people.

This is not the first time a death by suicide over non-payment of dues has featured so prominently in the news. In 2012, for instance, the wife of a staffer of the embattled Kingfisher Airlines died by suicide, citing the outstanding salary due to her husband as the reason for her decision. This led politicians across the country to call for police action against Kingfisher owner Vijay Mallya for abetment of suicide.

Even if the police make a bulletproof case against an accused person for non-payment of dues, can that be enough to convict him? And can non-payment of dues amount to abetment of suicide?

Breaking it down

Under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code, abetment to suicide could result in a...

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