Friday, April 20, 2007

Doc in dock for “false” postmortem report

After the arrest of a Karnal-based pharmacist, who was allegedly an expert in making false pellet injuries in medico-legal cases, two more officials of the Haryana health department are in the dock for allegedly "doctoring" a postmortem examination report.
The Haryana state vigilance bureau yesterday arrested a medical technician posted in the Nuh government hospital in Mewat district for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 2 lakh on behalf of a doctor, who was to prepare a “false” postmortem report.
SP, vigilance, Gurgaon, Rajbir Deswal, who himself led the raiding party, told TNS on the phone that the body of Raghbir Singh(55) of Mintkola village was brought to the hospital for postmortem. Raghbir had a fight with someone a few days ago. He died on April 17, reportedly following a heart attack. However, his family members wanted a postmortem report which would implicate those with whom Raghbir had a fight.
Deswal said a deal was allegedly struck with Dr Lal Singh through Noorudin, medical technician, and Sharif, a middleman, for Rs 2 lakh.
After the complainant approached the bureau, a trap was laid. Permission to conduct a raid was obtained telephonically from financial commissioner, health, Urvashi Gulati. The vigilance team, accompanied by city magistrate of Mewat Satvir Maan, raided the hospital and recovered Rs 2.40 lakh from Noorudin. Deswal said the recovered amount included Rs 2 lakh given to him by the complainant for the “false” postmortem report. He said it was being ascertained from where Rs 40,000 came. Noorudin was arrested on the spot. Dr Lal Singh and Sharif were allegedly missing.
Deswal said two postmortem examinations were conducted in the hospital on Tuesday. While details of one were duly recorded in the register, the report related to Raghbir was incomplete.
He said the bureau arrested assistant district attorney Sher Singh posted in the Haryana Urban Development Authority while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 on April 17. Similarly, Nain tehsildar Deep Chand of Rewari was wanted in a bribery case in which a petition writer had been arrested. Noorudin was today remanded in police custody for two days.


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