New Delhi: Former Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Chairperson Chandra Mohan Sharma allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself at his residence in Shimla. The suicide incident took place on Friday.  He was 67.

Police said, “We’re investigating. Prima facie, it seems he died after shooting himself.” Police have registered a case in the matter.

Police further said that the deceased was under depression for quite some time and was found dead in the basement room of his house on Friday morning by his wife, who reportedly slept in another room.

A suicide note and his licensed revolver used in the crime have been recovered, Deputy Superintendent of Police Pramod Shukla said. Initially, the family lodged a complaint about his disappearance. Later, the police were informed about the recovery of his body in the house, police said.

He took the extreme step because he had been suffering from a disease. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons.

Sharma was the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission from 2009 to 2013. He earlier served in the Indian Army and was commissioned in the Regiment of Artillery in 1972.