Kerala

Charges altered in Murugan case

Case now under Section 304A of IPC

The case registered by the Kollam police under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code in connection with the death of Murugan, after he was allegedly denied admission by hospitals in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram on August 6 night after an accident, has been altered and now registered under Section 304A of the IPC.

The alteration comes in the wake of directives from the police headquarters after the chief investigation officer in the case submitted a detailed report to the State Police Chief.

The difference

While Section 304 of the IPC is an offence described as culpable homicide not amounting to murder, Section 304A of the IPC is described as causing the death of any person by rash or negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide.

Offences under 304 IPC attract punishment of life imprisonment or imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

The punishment for offences under Section 304A IPC is imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Rights activists alleged that the seriousness attached to the case in the initial days had been diluted leading to uncertainty over the progress of the case. The police were asked to wait for a probe report by the Health Department in the case and seek legal advice before going ahead with further investigation, including arrests.

The Health Department probe was conducted by the Director of Medical Education and the report was submitted to the Director of Health Services.

A copy of the report has not reached the Kollam police for them to proceed further in the case.

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