The Daily Mail is reporting that the tragic death of 24-year-old Anjool Malde, who jumped from the rooftop terrace of the Coq d'Argent restaurant in London on Sunday, may have been caused by a silly office prank that went terribly wrong.
According to the newspaper, which appears to have a hot line into some of Malde's friends and work colleagues, the banker may have posted a jokey comment in a financial website chat forum, pretending to be a client. The comment - 'I am hot, I am hot' is thought to have been made in homage to the client, who works for a hedge fund, and was having a successful run in the markets.
Harmless stuff, it would seem, but something that is said to have prompted the client to complain to Deutsche Bank, which was then forced to launch an investigation. And this investigation led to the unfortunate chain of events that resulted in Anjool's tragic death leap.
Although we were unable to confirm the accuracy of this story with Deutsche, the bank has previously said that the probe into Malde's alleged wrongdoing was not considered a very serious matter. And The Daily Mail reports that the police have examined the banker's work PC and have confirmed that nothing illegal was found, and that he had not engaged in any criminal behaviour.
Anjool, however, is said to have convinced himself that he was likely to lose his job, and is thought to have been worried that he may have had to face the hundreds of friends expected to celebrate his 25th birthday in a club in Soho Thursday night, and that he would be forced admit what had happened. What is clear now, however, is that none of his friends would have cared about his employment status, and would have undoubtedly rallied round to support him.