The Delhi High Court has given a judicial magistrate three weeks to submit a report in a case where an eye and a part of the ear were found to be missing from the body of a convict. The body had been kept in the mortuary of a government hospital.
According to his lawyer,Rajkumar,who was serving life sentence for killing his wife,was admitted in Rajan Babu Institute of Pulmonary Medicine and Tuberculosis (RBIPMT),a government-run hospital,for TB treatment on November 27,2013 and died on December 9.
His body had been kept in the hospitals mortuary. When the body was shifted to Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital for an autopsy,as RBIPMT does not have the facility to conduct autopsy,it was found that his right eyeball and soft tissue of the ear lobe were missing.
In the order issued on Thursday,the bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Indermeet Kaur said,This is a shocking incident and it is required to be given primacy. We accordingly direct the (judicial) magistrate to complete inquiry on this aspect and submit a report within three weeks.
The magistrate has also been directed to visit RBIPMT to ascertain the condition of its mortuary.
The court had been hearing the bail plea filed by Rajkumar when he died during his treatment.
The order comes a day after a different bench of the High Court ordered a judicial inquiry into the delay in the post-mortem examination of a undertrial who died in jail.