Lawyer’s post mortem points to police torture

May 14th, 2008 - 3:29 pm ICT by admin  

Allahabad, May 14 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court lawyer who had been jailed in a contempt of court case and died in a hospital while in police custody had injury marks on his body, including his head, the post mortem report stated Wednesday. S.K. Awasthi died Tuesday at the S.R.N. Hospital here. His parents have alleged that that he was tortured while in jail and chained to the bed at the hospital.

There were seven injury marks on his body, the report revealed. Hospital chief medical officer Rajni Kant Gupta told IANS that Awasthi was admitted to the hospital on May 6 for acute psychosis but gradually developed renal failure.

As news of the lawyer’s death spread, irate colleagues ransacked the office of Justice B.S. Chauhan who had imposed the one month contempt of court sentence on April 22.

A meeting of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association chaired by its president V.C. Mishra was being held to discuss an indefinite strike demanding the transfer of Chauhan.

The Allahabad High Court Tuesday evening ordered an inquiry by a sitting district judge into the sensational death. Notices were also issued to the jail superintendent of Naini Central Jail, seeking an explanation to the circumstances leading to Awasthi’s death.

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