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Govt asked to explore possibility of videographing postmortem

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 17:13

New Delhi: A court here has asked the Delhi government to explore the possibility of videographing post mortem procedure and directed it to take action against two doctors for giving false autopsy report and pressurising their juniors in an alleged murder case.

"I may observe that videography and photography of the entire postmortem examination proceedings would go a long way in bringing about transparency and ruling out any possibility of foul play which may be suspected or alleged. This latest technology has been successfully used in many of the cases and is extremely helpful...

"I therefore direct that a copy of this order be also placed before the Principal Secretary (Home), GNCT of Delhi so as to explore the possibility of having the proceedings of postmortem examination videographed in all cases relating to homicidal deaths which is the standard procedure adopted world over and for taking necessary steps in this regard under intimation to this court," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.

The court asked the government to take action against Dr Suresh Seth, Deputy Medical Superintendent of Babu Jagjivan Ram (BJRM) Hospital, and autopsy surgeon Dr Sudesh, currently lodged in judicial custody in a corruption and cheating case, for giving false autopsy report of a woman by making it an unnatural death though it was a natural death and pressurising juniors.

"The conduct of Dr Suresh who is the controlling authority and the officer who allegedly exerted pressure on committee members to save Dr Sudesh and so also the conduct of the Dr Sudesh is directed to be placed before the Principal Secretary (Health & family Welfare) and Director, Directorate of Health Services, GNCT of Delhi for information and appropriate action against them in accordance with the procedure established by law under intimation to this court," it said.

The court directed Delhi government to ensure that BJMR Hospital`s Dr Bhim Singh and his team including Dr Javed and Dr Sameer, who exposed the misdoings of their department, are not put to any kind of harassment by authorities.

First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 17:13
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