The probe into deputy chief medical officer Dr YS Sachan’s murder may turn out to be a bad case of déjà vu for the CBI.
A CBI team on Sunday visited the Lucknow district jail hospital, where Sachan (52) was found dead on June 22. The Sachan case has several similarities with the unsolved Aarushi Talwar (14) murder case.
The CBI took over the Aarushi case around 15 days after she was found murdered at her Jalvayu Vihar flat in Noida on May 16, 2008. The agency began investigating the Sachan case 22 days after the incident.
In both the cases, the crime scene had been compromised (evidence destroyed) by the time the CBI took over.
“Uncertainty over the murder weapons, alleged tampering of evidence, no clear theory over the sequence of events leading to the murders and both the bodies bearing antemortem (before death) and postmortal (occurring after death) injuries are some factors which may tax the sleuths,” said a CBI official who did not want to be named.
“In both the cases, the murder seems to be the handiwork of a medical expert,” the official added.
The official said the vaginal swab in Aarushi case was not preserved during the autopsy. Similarly, Sachan’s viscera have not been preserved. It would have been vital to establish whether he was given sedatives before being killed, the official added.
Insider involvement is suspected in both cases, the official said.
According to the official, a difference in the cases is that the motive for Aarushi’s murder has not been established, while Sachan’s killing is apparently related to financial embezzlement in the family welfare department.