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JNU student found dead, autopsy to be videographed

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Source: Business Standard

After the death of MPhil student J Muthukrishan on Tuesday, his father demanded a doctor of their choice to conduct the postmortem examination.  AIIMS wrote to the police that the entire examination will be videographed. AIIMS is likely to conduct the post-mortem examination on March 15.

As per reports, Dr Sudhir Gupta, Professor and Head, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, said that he has written an order enabling the postmortem to be videographed.  The order comes soon after the deceased family probed CBI investigation into the matter. Gupta said the examination will be videographed to ensure all material evidence is available to investigators, in case it is transferred to a different investigating agency.

“It (videography) is done in a case which is contested or requires further cross-examination. Suppose this case goes to the CBI or a commission is formed — all materials should be available for cross-examination of facts mentioned in the postmortem report,” Dr.Gupta said. AIIMS has formed a medical board of five doctors, who will conduct the examination which will be headed by Dr.Gupta.

The AIIMS official said three videos will be recorded during the examination. “The body will be videographed in the clothing and its general appearance, during the start of the examination and the end of it. Three different videos will be made. In addition, still photographs will be taken of the body from all angles,” Gupta added.

Meanwhile, the family has demanded there be a three-member team of doctors, of which two should be from outside AIIMS, more specifically, Dalit doctors from Chennai. “We want to bring in Dr Karunakaran Madikaran from Madras Medical College,” said Ramesh Nathan, general secretary of National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights.

“The relatives are asking for a doctor of their choice to be allowed. But it is not permissible under legal provisions. The Madras High Court, in two separates cases, had refused a similar plea and directed the medical board of AIIMS to conduct a post-mortem,” an AIIMS official added.