A doctor of the Maulana Azad Medical College, who was accused of illegally removing the skull from the body on which he performed an autopsy, has approached the Delhi High Court, claiming the allegation was “devoid of merit and bereft of a single evidence” to substantiate the heinous claims even remotely.
On 29 July, the Head of the Department (HOD) at Forensic Medicine of Maulana Azad Medical College, ordered that the doctor be barred from doing post mortem work with immediate effect.
Advocate Arun Panwar, appearing for Maulana Azad Medical College, stated that the college has initiated an enquiry where the doctor will be given the opportunity of hearing.
“In view of the aforesaid and bearing in mind the fact that the enquiry is ongoing, the court disposes of the writ petition by observing that the respondent college shall ensure that principles of natural justice are duly adhered to and the material which is proposed to be relied upon in that enquiry is provided to the petitioner”, a statement said.
The petition says the post mortem was conducted on 5 April, after which the authorities claimed the skull was removed from the body by the petitioner.
Five post mortem examinations, which were conducted at the institution that day by the petitioner, were submitted by the petitioner’s lawyer. “Apart from him, other members of staff and employees were present and therefore the assumption that it was the petitioner who was responsible for removing the skull was “wholly illegal and violative of principles of natural justice”, they stated.
The doctor has claimed that he never received a copy of the complaint, and he also wasn’t given any opportunity to explain himself or his alleged involvement in the incident.
(With inputs from PTI)