Batcha autopsy doctor to fight Tamil Nadu poll

March 26th, 2011 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, March 26 (IANS) The doctor who conducted an autopsy on the body of Sadiq Batcha, a realtor and associate of former communications minister A. Raja, has filed his nomination to contest the April 13 Tamil Nadu assembly election as an independent candidate.

V. Dekal, posted at the Government Royapettah Hospital, had created a stir when it was announced that he was resigning following the autopsy March 17. Hospital authorities later clarified that he had resigned earlier in the month but the Tamil Nadu government had rejected it, citing paucity of forensic experts in the state.

However, Dekal is unfazed by the government’s reaction.

“I am a temporary staff and I can resign anytime. The three months’ notice rule does not apply for temporary staff,” Dekal told IANS.

He said the three month notice of resignation does not apply even to permanent employees, if they want to contest an election.

“I have annexed all relevant documents with my nomination form,” said Dekal, who will contest from the Maduravoyal assembly constituency.

Batcha was found hanging at his residence here March 16. He was under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scanner to check whether his company, Green House Promoters, was a conduit for the money generated in the 2G spectrum scam.

Dekal, who is on deputation to the Government Royapettah Hospital from Kilpauk Medical College here, conducted the post-mortem examination and concluded that the realtor died due to asphyxia (lack of oxygen in the blood causing unconsciousness or death).

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