SC seeks CBI stand on 2nd post-mortem of PF scam accused`s
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Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009, 19:52
New Delhi: The mysterious death of Asuthosh Asthana, prime accused in multi-crore PF scam allegedly involving judges, on Monday figured in the Supreme Court which asked CBI to spell out its stand on a plea for preserving the body for a second postmortem.

A bench headed by Justice D K Jain asked Additiional Solicitor General Indira Jaisingh to seek necessary instructions from CBI and report back to it tommorow by 10.30 a.m when the matter would be taken up for hearing.

The apex court agreed to take up the application moved by Nahar Singh Yadav, Secretary of Ghaziabad District Bar Association, seeking a second postmortem and probe by a special investigation team into the circumstances under which Asthana died in his cell at Dasana District Jail, Ghaziabad, on Saturday.

The first post-mortem report failed to determine the probable cause of Asthana's death.

Earlier, senior counsel Anil Divan, on behalf of the petitioner, mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balkrishnan which directed him to move the bench headed by Justice Jain hearing the main matter relating to the Provident Fund scam.

Quoting media reports, Divan said Asthana, who was a "star witness", apparently died due to poisoning and an independent probe was required to unravel the truth.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009, 19:52

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