Batcha post-mortem doctor quits job to contest TN polls

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Sadiq Batcha
Chennai, Mar 21: In a move that may likely set conspiracy theorist tongues wagging, the doctor who performed an autopsy and postmortem on the body of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of former telecom minister A Raja, has resigned from the government service and has opted to contest in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly polls.

Dr V Dekal, who heads the department of forensic sciences at the Madras Medical College, has informed that he put in his papers on Mar 3, to contest the elections. Incidentally, Dr Dekal's father was a DMK member and as informed by the doctor himself, he may contest as an independent.

Reports quote Dr Dekal as saying, "I am yet to make up my mind since the relieving order is yet to come. If it comes soon, I may contest as an independent."

Dr Dekal had performed an autopsy and postmortem on the body of Sadiq Batcha and his reports state that the death was due to asphyxiation the details of which have not been elaborated.

Batcha, according to CBI officials was closely associated to the 2G spectrum money trail. He was found hanging at his Chennai residence on Mar 17. Batcha, a real estate tycoon was declared 'brought dead' to Apollo Hospital, Chennai at 1.20 pm on Mar 17.

Batcha's body was then taken to the Government Royapettah Hospital which did not then have a forensic expert. Dr Dekal, who was on leave, was brought to do the autopsy the next day.

In his suicide note, Batcha wrote that Raja and his wife "are good people."

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