The Madras High Court Bench has ordered fresh post-mortem on the body of a 24-year-old woman, who died under suspicious circumstances in Kodaikanal.

The order was passed by Justice K.K.Sasidharan who was hearing a petition by C.Paulraj stating that his daughter P.Prasanna, married to Sasikumar, was frequently ill-treated by her husband who demanded dowry.

On February 17, 2013, Paulraj received a phone call from Sasikumar’s family informing him that Prasanna committed suicide, he added.

Paulraj claimed that his daughter was beaten up by her husband and his family members which resulted in her death.

According to the petitioner, the inspector of Kodaikanal police station registered a complaint under Section 304 (B) of the Indian Penal Code, after the Revenue Divisional Officer conducted an inquiry and indicated that Prasanna might have died due to dowry harassment.

Not satisfied with the investigation of the local police, Mr Paulraj moved the court seeking transfer of the case to the CB-CID.

He also prayed that a fresh post-mortem be conducted on his daughter’s body because there were several injuries on her body at the time of her death and that the post-mortem was not videographed.

The deputy superintendent of police, Kodaikanal, filed a counter stating that the investigation was almost over and that there was no need to transfer the case.

Justice Sasidharan, in his judgement, said according to the post-mortem certificate produced by the police, forensic experts were not in the team that conducted the post-mortem.

“The post-mortem was conducted by two doctors and both are stated to be assistant surgeons working in the Government Hospital at Kodaikanal. The injuries said to have been seen by the petitioner and the failure to videograph the post-mortem justify the request for a re-post-mortem”, he said.

He directed the dean of the Government Rajaji Hospital to constitute a medical team to conduct the re-post-mortem and directed the inspector of police, Kodaikanal to videograph the proceedings. The case was adjourned till June 5.

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