The family of an undertrial in Rohini jail had to wait for four days before a post-mortem examination could be conducted on the body of 24-year-old Gaurav. The reason for the delay an extended weekend.
Gaurav,who had already been admitted at the jail hospital,was shifted to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini on November 6 after he slipped into coma. He died there on November 15,which also happened to be a holiday on account of Muharram. The family claimed they were told that a post-mortem examination would not be conducted on Gauravs body until the weekend was over.
The family also alleged that they were not informed about his illness till after he slipped into coma. They claimed that they were given full details of his medical condition only much later.
According to the family members,the investigating officer in the case had promised to write to the government to constitute a medical board. The officer had also assured them that the autopsy would be done later in the week.
Finally,the family filed a writ petition in the High Court.
In the PIL,advocate Avadh Kaushik alleged that the authorities had acted against provisions of the Delhi Prisons (Medical Administration) Rules,1988,by failing to inform the family that he had taken ill.
It stated that the family found out about Gauravs illness from his brother Rahul when they went to the jail to meet them. Both were being tried in a case of murder.
In fact,the family had to approach a trial court for permission to visit Gaurav in the hospital,the plea stated.
On Tuesday,the court of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan expressed shock over how the family had been crying in the corridors of the hospital for four days with no redress.
The court pulled up jail and hospital authorities for the delay and directed the hospital to have the autopsy conducted on Tuesday itself.