Tamil Nadu politics: Batcha's doctor's resignation rejected

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Chennai, Mar 21: A news on Dr V Dekal, which suddenly came at the centre of all discussions and speculations, has taken a new turn. Now, government officials informed that they have refused to accept Dr Dekal's resignation over shortage of man-power at the government hospital.

Dr Dekal's resignation and his decision suddenly stormed the media and became an important turn in political scenario, especially in Tamil Nadu, as he was the doctor who conducted autopsy and postmortem on Sadiq Batcha. Batcha, who committed suicide last week, was a close aide of former telecom minister A Raja, the prime accused in 2G spectrum scam.

Royapettah Government Hospital Resident Medical Officer A Elango stated, "The government has declined to accept his resignation due to scarcity of staff and he is expected to report for duty by Tuesday (Mar 22)."

Earlier, 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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