Wife of Prof T J Joseph, Salomi (49), was found hanging at her residence on Wednesday evening.
Joseph was accused of hurting religious sentiments when he had prepared a question for an examination at Newman College in Thodupuzha. A group of people with alleged links to Muslim extremists had chopped off Joseph’s right palm on July 4, 2010.
As no suicide note was found, police suspect that Salomi took the extreme step as she was depressed.
Joseph was seeking reinstatement before his retirement on March 31.