Division Bench Reverses Order of Single Judge, Allows Re-postmortem of Saranya

Published: 12th February 2016 06:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2016 07:41 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: Reversing the orders of a single judge, a Division Bench of the Madras High Court has ordered second post-mortem on the body of Saranya, one of the three girls, whose bodies were fished out of a farm well near their naturopathy college in Chinnasalem in Villupuram on January 22.

The second Bench of Justices SK Agnihotri and M Venugopal passed the order while allowing a writ appeal from Saranya’s father Elumalai on Thursday.

The three girl students were mysteriously found dead in a well near the college campus. The deceased students were protesting the college management over excessive collection of fee and poor facilities on the campus.

While the High Court had earlier allowed second autopsy on one of the three girls, on Wednesday a single-member Bench rejected a similar prayer from father of another girl.

However, on Thursday, a two-member Bench, while reversing the order, observed no serious prejudice would be caused to anyone by ordering re-postmortem.

The judge said that the exercise shall be done by the doctors attached to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai. For this purpose, the body of Saranya is to be brought to Chennai. It should be conducted by the doctors of the GH as per the instructions of the Dean in the presence of Dr P Sampath Kumar, Head of the Forensic Department and vice-principal of Sri Ramchandran Medical College Hospital.

The report must be submitted to the investigating agency within two days, the Bench said.

If the body is not in a condition to be brought to Chennai for conducting the postmortem, the doctors of RGGGH shall go to the Cheyyur village in Kancheepuram district, where the body was buried, and do the second post-mortem in the presence of Dr Sampath Kumar, the Bench added.


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