Court orders fresh probe into death of a Delhi women’s panel employee
A Delhi court has ordered a reinvestigation into the death of a 27-year-old woman, who was a Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) employee, based on the report of a DCW-constituted medical board that questioned the finding of the post-mortem examination.
The woman, who was married for four-and-a-half months and was two-months pregnant, was found dead in suspicious circumstances at her in-laws’ house on November 18 last year.
While the Delhi police had filed a charge sheet on February 2019 declaring the death a suicide, Metropolitan Magistrate Manu Goel Kharb directed the Investigating Officer (IO) to conduct a “further investigation regarding the opinion expressed in the report” of the DCW-constituted medical board of doctors from the Delhi government hospital.
The medical board was constituted by DCW chairman Swati Maliwal in February this year after the father of the deceased made representations to it.
As per the board report, the post-mortem report did not mention the “weapon /force/ factor of offence with respect to the head injuries”. It said the post-mortem did not mention the injuries sustained on the head were “solely responsible for the cause of her death or liable to be ignorable”.
The court’s order comes while hearing an application filed by advocate Prashant Manchanda on behalf of the deceased’s father. The plea had sought a reinvestigation highlighting that the IO had failed to investigate the WhatsApp messages the deceased had sent to her sisters, a couple of days before the incident.
The deceased, in her messages to her sister, had written that if anything were to happen to her, then her parents-in-law would be responsible for it, the plea read.
The plea had also said that on the day of the incident, the husband of the deceased had made two calls to her brother within six minutes, even before he called the police. In one call, he said she is tying a noose around her neck and in the other he said she died.
The matter will be now heard on June 6.
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