Preserved viscera may provide clues
The viscera of Ashutosh Asthana, prime accused in the Ghaziabad PF scam, hold the key to his mysterious death.india Updated: Oct 20, 2009 22:43 IST
The viscera of Ashutosh Asthana, prime accused in the Ghaziabad PF scam, hold the key to his mysterious death.
The viscera samples were stored after the postmortem on Sunday remained inconclusive and the cause of the death could not be ascertained, SSP Akhil Kumar had said.
The procedure was conducted by a panel of five doctors — Dr V.C. Gupta, Dr Ramendra Singh, Dr D.K. Jain, Dr R.C. Gupta and Dr A.K. Singh — specialists from the cardiology, pathology and orthopaedic departments of MMG and Sanjay Nagar district hospitals in Ghaziabad.
After Asthana had reported failing health at Dasna Jail on Saturday, he was referred to MMG hospital where attending doctor Dr. A.K. Singh had said: “Prima facie, it looks a case of poisoning and the exact cause could be ascertained only after a postmortem.” Singh was on the panel that conducted the postmortem.
The report, accessed by HT, says viscera samples like stomach with its contents, pieces of liver with the gall bladder, pieces of the small intestine and spleen have been preserved.
Vital organs like oesophagus, pleura, lungs, large and small intestines, liver, spleen, kidneys and others were stated as “congested” in the postmortem report. But there were no injuries on his body, the report states.
CBI can probe case
Uttar Pradesh government can hand over the death probe of Ashutosh Asthana to the CBI “if it wants,” the Centre said on Tuesday. “If the UP government wants, it can hand over the case to the CBI,” said Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said.
Bar body on strike
Ghaziabad Bar Association (GBA) went on strike on Tuesday to protest the ‘mysterious death’ of Ashutosh Asthana.