The tainted forensic laboratory of the Punjab health department at Kharar faked not just seized drugs but also the viscera samples of a dowry death victim to help accused in-laws.
The analysis report on the poisoned woman contradicted the autopsy findings. Drug laboratory scam main accused Dr RP Singh has confessed during his police interrogation that he faked the viscera samples of victim Gagandeep Kaur, 25, for huge bribe accepted in 2010, highly placed sources in the vigilance bureau have shared with Hindustan Times.
Dr RP Singh has named another senior doctor in the state health department as broker of the deal with Gagandeep's in-laws. The vigilance authorities have asked the special investigation team (SIT) to look into this episode as well.
On June 9, 2010, Dr RP Singh had signed the fake report that "no poison was contained in any of the samples of the viscera of various body parts of Gagandeep Kaur", while the postmortem examination had revealed "froth coming out of the nostrils and the mouth, besides blood-stained fluid from the mouth, larynx and trachea as inflamed and the heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys congested".
There was no external injury on the body. The accused, Amandeep Singh and his parents, had relied upon this fake viscera report that Gagandeep's family had, however, challenged during trial in the Patiala district court.
In December 2012, after two years of trial, the court sentenced Gagandeep's husband, Amandeep Singh, to 10-year rigorous imprisonment and acquitted his father, retired rural development official Ajaib Singh, and mother over the "benefit of doubt". Gagandeep, a national-level softball player, had married Amandeep Singh of Rajpura on March 14, 2010, and was killed on May 8, 2010.
Arrested last week, Dr RP Singh, is reported to have accepted already that he took bribe for preparing fake chemical test reports of seized drugs. On Wednesday, his vigilance custody was extended for another day to know about his immoveable assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
* Why did the court not order investigation into the Kharar laboratory's viscera report that contradicted the postmortem analysis and was challenged by the victim's parents?
* Will the vigilance bureau lodge a separate viscera report case and name the victim's in-laws for bribing Dr RP Singh and his colleagues who brokered the deal?