The CBI has countered, point by point, the probe report of CJM Rajesh Upadhyay terming deputy CMO Dr YS Sachan’s death to be a case of plain homicide.
The CBI in its closure report submitted in a court on Friday has said: “The facts and circumstances of the death were not brought to the notice of the CJM, who was not aware of the suicide note. The inquiry report of the CJM was based on limited information and material facts."
The CJM in his report had said, “A person couldn’t have inflicted injuries on his arms, neck and groin while sitting on a commode.” The Board of Doctors of AIIMS, which was roped in by the CBI for assistance, in its report, however, said Dr Sachan first inflicted the wounds on his body but when he realised that he was not going to die fast, he sat on the commode and hanged himself with the help of his belt.
While the CJM had wondered if a person would adopt two ways to commit suicide and if two options were available then the person will opt for hanging, as it was less painful, the AIIMS report was of the view that adopting two modes of suicide depended on the mental state of the individual.
“It has been observed that sometime a person goes for repeated attempts or two methods to kill himself. Once the arteries are cut there may not be much pain. It is medically proved that after injuries to the veins and arteries, there is profuse bleeding and less pain due to loss of blood. Being a doctor, Sachan was aware of the fact,” it said.
In his autopsy assessment report, a forensic psychologist of CFSL, New Delhi, opined that Sachan’s body carried typical self-inflicted injuries on suicidal points and the secondary attempt indicated suicide.
Also, in his report the CJM had stated that Sachan was not suffering from depression. The CBI too stated that Sachan was not under depression. In fact, he was perturbed after public disclosure of his involvement in the murder of the CMOs. But testimony of jail officials and inmates indicated Sachan stopped taking meal and was highly disturbed.
During probe, the CJM had detected that the toilet in which Dr Sachan committed suicide was not bolted from inside. The CBI take on this was that though in such cases the person involved did usually bolt the door from inside but it was not a thumb rule. The CJM had also raised doubt over the half blade as being ‘the’ weapon.
The CBI in its report stated that on June 23, 2011 when a forensic team along with the jail staff checked the toilet, a sweeper, Sonu Dara Singh, found the blade. Dried blood was found on the upper surface of the blade. Polygraphy test of deputy jailer Sunil Singh later confirmed that the blade was not planted.
Then, while the team of doctors which conducted the autopsy told the CJM the depth of wound was more than 1 cm and it was caused by a heavy sharp edged weapon, the AIIMS report said no deep cut was found and only superficial veins were cut. To the CJM's observation that bloodstains were found three and a half feet above the floor of the toilet as well as in the washbasin, the CBI said medical experts opined that Sachan was in the standing position after inflicting injuries on his body.