CHENNAI: What is the use of passing an order on emotional grounds, any order passed by this court should be legally sustainable, said Justice M Sathyanarayanan who instructed the petitioner to move the Andhra Pradesh High court with a direction to preserve the six bodies until final orders.
The Single Bench of Madras High Court held while hearing a petition moved by Muniammal of Polur Taluk, Thiruvannamalai seeking re-post mortem of her husband Sasikumar’s body who was killed in the AP encounter last Tuesday. She alleged that her husband's murder was a planned one and five more bodies from her district needs to be reexamined.
When the petition came up for hearing on Friday, advocate for petitioner K Balu alleged that there are injuries of acid attack and cut injuries in the body and said, "The purpose of autopsy is to collect evidences from the body and since the body is in Tamil Nadu this court has jurisdiction to order for an autopsy."
Refusing to buy the counsel's argument, the Judge held that the court has no jurisdiction and it cannot order for autopsy without an FIR registered in Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Advocate General Somayaji reinstated the government's stand that it would conduct re-post mortem examination if the court order's so.
With a direction to preserve the six bodies at Thiruvannamalai Government Hospital, the court posted the natter to April 17 for further hearing.
On Tuesday about 20 wood cutters from Tamil Nadu who were allegedly involved in Red Sander smuggling were killed in an encounter at Seshachalam forests, Andhra Pradesh.