Red tape delays autopsy of manager

  • Jaya Shroff Bhalla and Karan Choudhary, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 13, 2011 00:23 IST

The Delhi police and Delhi government's health department are caught up in a bureaucratic tangle over the post-mortem examination of 41-year old Rajeev Jolly Wilson who was a victim of road rage in Capital's Khan Market on Tuesday afternoon.

More than 36 hours later, Wilson's family is yet to know when they will get his body, which is Ram Manohar Lohia hospital mortuary, for last rites.

The Delhi police said they have written to the health department to constitute a medical board to conduct the autopsy, but Delhi health minister Kiran Walia denied having received any such request.

"We have requested the heath department of Delhi government to constitute a panel of doctors for conducting the post-mortem examination. The panel will conduct the autopsy on Thursday and the procedure will be filmed," said KC Dwivedi, additional commissioner of police (New Delhi district).

“So far, we have not received any request from the police to form a medical board. We are aware of the process and we assure the family that once we get a request there will be no delay on the part of the government," said Kiran Walia, state health minister.

At 8.30pm on Wednesday, Wilson's body was still in the mortuary. The hospital administration said they were waiting for orders from the police.

“We will keep the body till the police organises a postmortem at Lady Harding (hospital). This process does not involve Ram Manohar Lohia hospital, except that we house the body in our mortuary till we are told to move it to Lady Harding," said Dr TS Sidhu, medical superintendent at RML hospital.

The family meanwhile said that they were feeling harassed because of the delay.

"This is just not fair on us. Nobody is giving us any specific information about our boy. We just don't know when we can take the body back home," said David Wilson, the victim's uncle.

 

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