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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 00:00
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Even the most rookie investigator knows the value of having the body while working on a case.

So it does come as a bit of a surprise to see what’s happening in some recent high-profile cases. In the case of Sadhick Batcha, the jailed telecom minister A Raja’s aide was supposed to be a key figure in the investigation and said to be likely to turn approver. The day he was supposed to fly down to Delhi to meet the CBI, he died, allegedly by committing suicide in Chennai. Given that the DMK rules Tamil Nadu, you’d have thought the CBI would have tried to ensure it was in charge of the investigations, and would be loath to have an autopsy conducted by a state government doctor, not because it suspected the police or the doctors but just to be on the safe side. It did nothing of the sort, and it now transpires the doctor who performed the autopsy had resigned and wants to stand for elections. As an independent he says, though how he hopes to win without political support is unclear.

In the Samjhauta Express blast case, a few days before the next meeting of the Indian and Pakistani side, it turns out two of the coaches of the train that was victim of twin blasts in 2007 (for which Swami Aseemanand is supposed to have confessed to) have been sold as scrap and another three have been renovated. In the Sabarmati Express case, similarly, Justice Banerjee had reported, one of the coaches had been disposed off as scrap. Makes you wonder a bit about the ‘body of evidence’ phrase.


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