The death of Professor H S Sabharwal continues to haunt the state government. On Wednesday, Himanshu, the son of the slain professor, moved a court in Ujjain, alleging that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was trying to influence investigations into the matter.
The BJP government’s troubles don’t end there. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo moto cognisance of the death of Sabharwal and sought a report from the state government. The notice issued on Wednesday has asked the state’s chief secretary and DGP to look into the matter and send a report within 15 days, the NHRC said in a statement.
Mounting more pressure, Governor Balram Jakhar also sought a fresh report on the status of the probe into the murder though Chouhan denied having received any letter.
On August 26, Sabharwal had died on Madhav College campus, allegedly after being beaten up by members of the ABVP. In the complaint filed in the court of Judicial Magistrate Vidhi Saxena in Ujjain, Himanshu alleged that the chief minister — in order to influence the police probe against former ABVP office-bearers and other suspects — had described the professor’s death as an “accident” and not a murder. . Himanshu and his counsel Babulal Pandya said the petition has been filed under sections 201 and 203 of the IPC.
The police also came in for its share of the stick on Wednesday as the MY Hospital in Indore refused to accept the heart of the professor for pathological tests on the grounds that the police did not follow norms.
The pathology department at the Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, attached to MY Hospital, has asked the police to follow “all legal guidelines before bringing it back” for examination.
“How can we accept any thing which does not come in a proper seal? There are certain procedures to be followed and when the pathology department discovered the article (heart) was not properly sealed in a container and also the labels and papers accompanying it were incomplete, they returned the packet,” said hospital’s assistant PRO Dr Manoj Sarkanungo. The article was brought by Ujjain police on Tuesday for examination.
However, Ujjain police claim that the packet was sealed and it was returned due to technical reasons. Ujjain SP Jaideep Prasad told HT that they had received a written communication with the returned packet, which did not mention any such thing.
“The autopsy was performed by four doctors but the packet carried the signature of only one doctor. Hence the packet was returned to us,” Prasad said.
The organ was received from the doctors in a sealed container by the police. The same was sent to the Medico-Legal Institute in Bhopal and from there, the organ was sent to MY Hospital.
He said they would follow the procedure and sent the packet again for histopathological tests at MYH as that is what the medico-legal experts from Bhopal have recommended.
The issue was also raised by the professor’s son in court. He said the organ was deliberately sent to the Medico Legal Institute (MLI) in Bhopal instead of the MGM College in Indore.
“When it was known that the organ was supposed to be sent to Indore for examination, why was it was sent to Bhopal? It seems the entire state machinery is acting to suppress facts.”
MLI director DK Satapathy said: “The sample had not come to MLI by mistake. There should be no confusion as police generally refer complicated cases to the institute for tests and for advice and guidance.” If MGM College fails to conduct the necessary tests, the MLI can suggest other organisations, he said.
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Indore hospital says heart was returned as it was not properly sealed and papers were incomplete.
Police say autopsy was performed by four doctors but packet carried one doctor’s signature, hence it was returned