Doctor who performed autopsy on Sadiq Batcha resigns

A Raja’s close aide Sadiq Batcha had reportedly committed suicide last week. He was someone who was privy to Raja’s shady money dealings.

Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 15:29 PM IST

Chennai: The doctor, who conducted
autopsy on the body of former Telecom Minister A Raja`s aide
Sadiq Batcha, has resigned but said it has nothing to with the
case as he plans to contest elections.
Though reports of his resignation came days after the
death of Batcha on Wednesday last, Dr V Dekal said he had put
in his papers in the first week of March as he had intended to
contest the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

"I resigned because I wanted to contest the elections
as an independent. This is in no way related to the case," he
said.

Dr Dekal said he was yet to make up his mind to
contest the polls since his relieving orders were yet to come.

He said he had put in the papers after elections were
announced. He planned to contest as an independent.

Batcha`s body was found hanging at his house in South
Chennai on Wednesday last.

After performing the autopsy, Dekal had said Batcha`s
death was due to asphyxia and his body showed compression of
the neck with hanging mark. "We cannot say now whether it was
suicide or murder... the report would be available in two
weeks," he had said.

He had said the death had been caused due to asphyxia
though the cause of that cannot be confirmed till the forensic
report was received.

38-year-old Batcha, who was the Managing Director of
Greenhouse Promoters, a firm under the scanner of the CBI as
well as the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the
2G spectrum scam, was found hanging in his house at Teynampet
in South Chennai by his wife Rekha Banu and his driver.
His wife claimed that he took the step as he was
"unable to cope with the pressure" of the probe.

Batcha, whose official and residential premises were
raided by CBI and questioned at least four times in the last
two months, had left a suicide note in which he had stated
that he was "embarrassed" by the raids and the extensive media
coverage of them.

PTI