After the defence counsel recently alleged that morphine was administered to the December 16 gangrape victim by doctors of Safdarjung Hospital without having the legal authorisation to do so,a senior doctor submitted a copy of the licence authorising the hospital to use the drug on patients who needed it.The doctor,who is in charge of the ICU of Safdarjung hospital where the victim was admitted,was cross-examined by advocates Vivek Sharma and A P Singh on behalf of accused Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur,respectively. When the defence counsel alleged that repeated morphine injections administered to the victim had extensively damaged her central nervous system and that too,when morphine was given illegally,the witness submitted a copy of the licence to the court. We have the licence for the next year too,if you wish to see it, he said. Defence lawyers asked why the document was never submitted before and suggested that it might have been forged.
Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 27, 2013 12:55:05 am