Batcha autopsy doctor can’t contest polls



Chennai: The nomination of Dr V Dekal, who had performed post-mortem on the body of Sadik Batcha, a close aide of former Union Telecom Minister A Raja who is in jail in connection with 2G spectrum allocation scam, has been rejected on various grounds, officials said on Tuesday.

Dekal's nomintaion, filed as an independent from the suburban Maduravoyal constituency for the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly polls, had been rejected on grounds including his failure to provide proof of him being relieved from government service, official sources said.

"Though Dekal submitted that he had resigned, he however did not attach any proof of being relieved from service," the sources said.

Further, he failed to furnish proof of his claim that he was a voter from Ulunthoorpettai segment and had also not signed in the nomination papers, they said.

Dekal, who had performed the post-mortem on the body of Batcha, found hanging at his house on March 16, had submitted his resignation in the first week of March. However, the state government had turned it down citing paucity of staff and that he did not give a sufficient notice period.

Dekal had last week moved the High Court seeking a direction to consider his resignation since no action had been taken by the authorities concerned. The court had directed the Director of Public Health to consider the resignation and pass orders in accordance with law.

After the autopsy Dekal had said Batcha's death was due to asphyxia and his body showed compression of the neck with hanging mark and that the cause of death cannot be confirmed till the forensic report was received.

PTI