The Madras High Court on Monday ordered the setting up of a team of four doctors to conduct the postmortem of P Ramkumar, the accused in the Swathi murder case who reportedly committed suicide at Puzhal Central Prison on Sunday.
The court asserted that the doctors should ensure a fair postmortem without leaving any room for complaints or grievances.
Ramkumar was the prime accused in the murder of 24-year-old IT professional Swathi on a railway platform here on June 24. Ramkumar’s father R Paramasivan had sought a doctor of his choice to be present during the autopsy. Turning down his plea, the court said the authorities had already constituted a three-member team and that the court would nominate another senior professor from a government hospital.
Refusing to accept Paramasivam’s demand for a doctor of his choice to witness the postmortem, the court said such a demand may be accepted only if the petitioner has solid reasons to discredit the team already appointed.
In the absence of any credible reason to discredit the team, the court said, they are of the view that “confidence should be reposed on those doctors that they will discharge their duties in a free and fair manner, unbiased and uninfluenced by any external factors”.
Meanwhile, in a statement on Monday, DMK chief M Karunanidhi raised doubts about the police’s suicide theory on Ramkumar’s death. “How can an inmate commit suicide inside a prison and what sort of security is there in the prison?” he asked. Karunanidhi demanded action against prison officials responsible for the death of Ramkumar.