HYDERABAD:In a significant development in the controversial Seshachalam encounter case, a division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday ordered re-postmortem of one of the victims, A Sasikumar.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar gave the order while hearing a plea by Muniammal who was impleaded in a PIL case filed by Chilka Chandra Sekhar of Civil Liberties Committee seeking to register a murder case against the police personnel involved in the alleged encounter. Muniammal is the widow of Sasikumar, who was killed in the operation on April 7. The counsel representing Muniammal sought the court to transfer the investigation to the CBI and to conduct re-postmortem on the dead bodies of the petitioner’s husband and five others, by an expert medical team.
The counsel also wanted the re-postmortem to be conducted at Puducherry. At present, all six bodies are kept in a government hospital in Tiruvannamalai district.
The bench directed the Director of Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, to constitute an expert medical team with not less than three doctors to conduct the re-postmortem.
The chief secretary (CS) of the Tamil Nadu government was ordered to ensure the team’s safety and security during their visit to the State for the fresh autopsy.
The CS was further instructed to make sure there are no disturbances and no outsider is allowed.
The doctors who conducted the first postmortem are also permitted to be present. The bench wanted the team to complete the re-postmortem and submit a report to the court as early as possible.
The bench made it clear that it would consider only the case of the petitioner and the plea for conducting re-postmortem on the bodies of the other five does not arise.
The bench said the contents of the re-postmortem shall be submitted to the court in a sealed cover. It also said that it would look into the possibility of a CBI probe only after going through the re-postmortem report.