Doctor suspended for weakening case against killer
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Last Updated: Monday, November 14, 2011, 15:11
Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala government doctor, who allegedly gave statements almost weakening the prosecution case in the rape and murder of a woman, was on Monday suspended from service.

Action against Dr A K Unmesh, doctor in Forensic Department of Thrissur Medical College, came three days after a Fast Track Court in Thrissur sentenced to death the accused in raping and murdering 23-year-old Soumya after pushing her out of a running train in February.

The Government order said Unmesh's statements made before the court during the trial about post-mortem of the victim were misleading and would have weakened the prosecution case.

The judge who pronounced the verdict also suggested inqiry and action against Unmesh, whose statements during the trial had cast doubts on the credibility of the post-mortem report filed by another doctor Sherly Vasu.

Unmesh held that he was present during the post-mortem and Sherly had made corrections and additions in the report submitted to the court.

Unmesh's statement was seized on by the counsel of the accused to defend his client.

While sentencing 30-year-old Govindachamy from Viruddachalam in Tamil Nadu to death, the judge said the offences were committed by the accused in a diabolic manner and did not deserve any leniency.

Govindachamy, a vagrant, had assaulted and pushed the victim travelling in a deserted ladies' compartment of the Kochi-Shornur passenger train after the train left Vallathol Nagar Railway station on February 1 this year.

After she fell on the track side, he pursued her and dragged her to a dark isolated spot and raped before hitting her head with a stone.

Though Soumya, an employee of a shopping mall in Kochi, was taken to a hospital by passersby, she died on February 6 after battling for life.

She was on her way home near Shornur when the tragedy occurred a day before her betrothal.


First Published: Monday, November 14, 2011, 15:11

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