HC wants AIIMS doctor at Ramkumar’s autopsy

HC wants AIIMS doctor at Ramkumar’s autopsy

The Madras High Court has directed AIIMS, Delhi to depute a doctor for the autopsy procedure of techie Swathi murder accused P Ramkumar on or before September 27.

With this, the decks have been cleared for the post-mortem of Ram Kumar, who allegedly committed suicide in prison.

Justice N Kirubkaran, who was appointed as the third judge by the Chief Justice to decide on the issue following differences of opinion among a two-judge bench, concurred with the view of Justice S Vaidyanathan in this regard and directed AIIMS to depute the doctor on or before September 27.

The judge directed the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi to depute a Forensic expert, well experienced in conducting post mortem, to join the four member medical team to conduct post­mortem on the body of  Ramkumar, which now lies in the mortuary of Royapettah Hospital for the fifth day.

The four government surgeons and the AIIMS surgeon as a team, shall conduct postmortem on the body on September 23 or 24 or any other day, in any event, on or before 27.

The judge made it clear that this arrangement is only to clear the cloud and in an endeavour to do complete justice, without discrediting or causing aspersions on the State government doctors.

He rejected the plea of Ram Kumar’s father that one of the doctors to perform the post-mortem should be of his choice to ensure transparency since it was a custodial death.