In the Namrata Damor case, the first autopsy conducted by a panel of three doctors headed by Dr B B Purohit concluded that it was a case of homicide and the cause of death was violent asphyxia, resulting from smothering.
The police questioned her friends from the medical college, with one of whom she was reportedly close, and a co-passenger but could not find any clue.
Meanwhile, Bhopal-based Medico Legal Institute (MLI), a government body, submitted another report after visiting the scene of crime and going through the photographs of the deceased. Director of MLI, Dr D S Badkur, submitted a report contradicting the first report and opined that it was not a case of homicide.
“I stand by my reasoning and finding. I have never gone wrong in my career,” Dr Badkur told The Indian Express when asked for his reaction to the CBI treating the death as murder, a case that was closed after his report.
Incidentally, it was Dr Badkur who opined that RTI activist Shehla Masood committed suicide even when no weapon was found in her car. The CBI later unravelled an elaborate conspiracy behind Shehla’s murder and the trial is on in a special court in Indore. “I was misquoted. I never gave the suicide angle in writing,” he said when reminded of the case.
On Friday, he questioned Dr Purohit’s competence claiming that many of his autopsy reports had come to him for review and he had disagreed on several occasions.
In his several media interactions over the past few days, Dr Purohit stood by his report and hinted at a massive cover-up. He said he had conducted hundreds of autopsies and was experienced enough to know that her death was a case of homicide.
Namrata’s name was not in the list of 23 names submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to the high court that was monitoring the probe into the Vyapam scam till the Supreme Court transferred the probe to the CBI on July 9.