HYDERABAD: In a significant development, the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday ordered the police to conduct re-postmortem on the body of Manthani Madhukar, a Dalit youth from Khanapur in Peddapalli district who died mysteriously, by a team of forensic experts. The Court directed that the re-autopsy be done in the presence of chief judicial magistrate, Karimnagar, and the parents of the deceased.
On Thursday, Manthani Laxmi, mother of the deceased, moved the High Court with a plea to conduct re-postmortem and to order for a SIT probe into the suspicious death of her son. She sought for registering the crime under Section 302 IPC (murder case) and provisions of SC/ST Atrocities Act instead of Section 174 CrPC (enquiry on suicide).
Petitioner’s counsel V Raghunath, while making a mention before Justice A Ramalingeswara Rao, urged for issuing directions to the state authorities to conduct re-postmortem by a team of forensic experts from reputed medical institutions like NIMS or Osmania hospital. When the judge sought response from the state, government counsel for home department, H Venugopal, said the state was ready to conduct re-postmortem and had already sent proceedings to the magistrate concerned seeking to appoint a judicial officer for the purpose.
After hearing both the sides, the judge directed the state to constitute a team of forensic experts from Osmania and Kakatiya Medical Colleges and to take steps for conducting the re-postmortem at Kakatiya Medical College.
While adjourning the case for a week, Justice Ramalingeswara Rao directed the authorities to ensure that the entire re-postmortem proceedings are videographed and that a report be submitted to the court.