Indian-origin Oxford University don will not be prosecuted over colleague's death

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 17, 2012 04:50 hrs

An Indian-origin Oxford University don will not be prosecuted in connection with the death of his colleague, a UK court has ruled.

Dr Sivia, 49, was arrested at his home in Oxfordshire, on suspicion of murder in January after police discovered the body of his friend and colleague Professor Steven Rawlings, 50.

Dr Sivia had been due to answer bail on Wednesday following a police investigation into the death.

According to The Telegraph, Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern CPS, said that following inquiries by Thames Valley Police, he has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to put before a court.

"I received a file from Thames Valley Police, have considered all the evidence, and have decided that Devinderjit Sivia will not face any charges in relation to the death of Steven Rawlings," the paper quoted Ubhey, as saying.

'"I extend my sincere sympathies to Mrs Rawlings for the death of her husband. An inquest will take place in due course," he added.

Dr Sivia and Professor Rawlings had been friends for 30 years and had published a book together.

Prof Rawlings' wife Linda Rawlings, rallied to support Dr Sivia following his arrest.

"'I do not believe that Steve's death is murder and I do not believe Devinder should be tarnished in this way," she has said in a statement issued through Thames Valley Police. (ANI)

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