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Court directs 2nd autopsy on TN Dalit youth’s body

The Madras High Court Friday directed a team of three doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences

The Madras High Court Friday directed a team of three doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to conduct a second post-mortem on the body of E Elavarasan,the Dalit youth whose death created a furore in Tamil Nadu. The move comes after the court consulted with nine forensic experts.

A team of independent experts had examined Elavarasan’s body on Thursday. On the report filed by them on Friday,there was variance on the need for a second autopsy.

The division Bench of Justices Justices V Dhanapalan and CT Selvam directed that the second autopsy be conducted by Saturday. It also directed the government to pay the team remuneration and arrange for their travel.

Three of the five independent experts consulted had ruled out the need for a second autopsy. Following this,the court said,“It firmly expresses that we do not find any reason to suspect any wrongdoing in the conduct of the first post-mortem. Even so,when two experts appointed by us are at variance,it only would be appropriate to permit a second post-mortem… (this) is not to be seen as any blemish upon the state.”

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The judges have also directed that forensic experts who have not formed an opinion on the matter so far be present during the procedure.

First published on: 13-07-2013 at 00:20 IST
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