Ramkumar: Third judge to take call on autopsy today

Ramkumar: Third judge to take call on autopsy today

Justice N Kirubakaran will now be the third judge to decide on the question of whether or not to permit an independent forensic expert to be present during the postmortem of P Ramkumar who allegedly killed himself inside the central prison at Puzhal on Sunday.

He will today hear the petition filed by Paramasivam, Ramkumar’s father, seeking to allow a doctor named by the family to be present during the autopsy

Kirubakaran was appointed after judges H G Ramesh and S Vaidyanathan could not reach a common consensus on Tuesday. He will hear the petition today, after which a decision on post-mortem is expected to be taken.

The bench of Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice S Vaidyanathan, who differed in their views on the prayer of appellant R Paramasivan, father of P Ramkumar, directed that the appeal be placed before the Chief Justice for getting the opinion of a third judge.

Justice TS Sivagnanam had turned down the plea of the petitioner and appointed a panel of four government doctors to conduct the autopsy on the body of Ramkumar, who died on September 18 after reportedly biting a live wire at Puzhal Central Prison, where he was lodged.

The autopsy team comprises Dr Balasubramanian, Professor, forensic medicine, Stanley Hospital, Dr S Selvakumar, Professor, forensic science, Kilpauk Medical College (KMC), Dr Manikandaraja, Assistant Professor, Forensic Science, KMC and Dr K V Vinod, Assistant Professor, Forensic Science, KMC.

The postmortem would be conducted after the doctors receive a copy of the high court order.