The State Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of the mysterious death of Deputy CMO Y S Sachan in the toilet of the Lucknow jail hospital and issued notices to five senior government officials asking them to submit a reply by July 12.
Justice Visnu Sahay, member of the Commission has taken note of the newspaper reports and issued notices to the chief secretary, principal secretary home, ADG jails, district magistrate and SSP Lucknow, SHRC sources said on Friday.
"The ligature mark on Sachan's neck raises doubt and Sahay has sought to know from the government whether it is a case of suicide or murder," an SHRC official said.
The incident is all the more serious as it has taken place in the jail with an undertrial and it is the duty of the government to respond to it, he said.
The Commission will take up the case for hearing on July 14, sources added.
52-year-old Sachan was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the toilet of the Lucknow jail hospital. In the autopsy, injury marks were detected on the neck, elbows, thigh and left wrist besides a strangulation mark on the neck.