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Delhi, Centre get 2 days to file reports

Police has now been directed to file a fresh status report on Friday, with the toxicology and Post Mortem report.

New Delhi |
February 6, 2014 12:40:46 am
BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi interacts with students from Northeast in the capital on Wednesday. (Prem Nath Pandey) BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi interacts with students from Northeast in the capital on Wednesday. (Prem Nath Pandey)

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday gave Delhi and the Centre two days to file status reports on the death of Nido Taniam, and pulled up police for not filing the post-mortem report.

A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice R S Endlaw expressed its dissatisfaction after Dayan Krishnan, standing counsel for the Delhi government, said the toxicology report and autopsy report “normally” take about 15 days. He informed the court that the autopsy report was being prepared by AIIMS and he would ensure that it was ready as early as possible.

“If you are unable to give the post-mortem report in so many days in Delhi in a fast-tracked case like this, what is the status of other cases? We must say the infrastructure (to examine evidence in criminal cases) is at a primitive stage in the national capital,” the court said.

Police has now been directed to file a fresh status report on Friday, with the toxicology and Post Mortem report.

The Centre also informed the court that a meeting had been held to discuss steps to ensure safety of people from the Northeast, but Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra said that the minutes of the meeting had not been made available and, therefore, he could not answer the court on what steps would be taken. Standing counsel Sumeet Pushkarna also told the court that the Home Ministry would file its response soon. The court had on Monday taken suo motu cognisance of the killing of the 19 year old.

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