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Doctor who performed autopsy on Sadiq Batcha resigns

Chennai: Adding to the mystery behind the sudden suicide by A Raja’s close aide Sadiq Batcha, forensic expert Dr V Dekal who had performed the autopsy, and certified that Batcha died of asphyxiation, resigned from government service on Monday.

Dr Dekal, heads the department of forensic sciences at the Madras Medical College. He had led the team of doctors, at the Royapettah government hospital, which conducted the post-mortem on the body of 39-year-old Batcha.

What led to the sudden decision is yet unknown, however, the resignation has once again given credence to speculations pointing to grey areas in the suicide story.

As per some reports, Dr Dekal had put in his papers more than a month ago, and his resignation had nothing to do with Batcha’s autopsy.

After conducting the post-mortem, Dr Dekal had said, “We saw the skin on the neck bruised. The rope could have cut the wind pipe, resulting in lack of oxygen supply to the rest of the body. There were signs of oxygen deficiency in the body. It had affected vital organs and tissues. His lungs were airlocked and fingers were blue.” The likely time of death was recorded as between 7am and 9am on March 16.

Meanwhile, samples of Batcha’s vital organs have been sent to the King Institute of Preventive Medicine for further tests. These tests would look for poisonous substances, among other things. The results are expected in two weeks.

Sadiq Batcha was thought to be someone who ‘knew all’ about the 2G spectrum scam, especially the channelling of Raja’s ill gotten wealth.

He was repeatedly questioned by the CBI over his alleged role in Raja’s murky dealings. Batcha was the managing director of a real estate company – Green House Promoters – in which Raja’s wife, brother and a nephew held stakes.

Later it was reported that he had agreed to turn approver in the case and was, reportedly, set to fly to Delhi to meet CBI officials on the day – March 16 – when he was found hanging from the ceiling in his home.

The suicide note, recovered by the police later that day, stated that he was “embarrassed” by the raids and the extensive media coverage and hence decided to end his life. He had also written that Raja is a “good human being”.

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