Punjab and Haryana High Court to examine if death by heart attack after assault is ‘natural’ - ECAS Punjab

Punjab and Haryana High Court to examine if death by heart attack after assault is ‘natural’

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19

In a significant order, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the constitution of a board of senior doctors to examine whether myocardial infarction or heart attack would amount to natural death in cases where assault was alleged.

About the case

  • The victim was allegedly beaten up and death occurred at subsequent stage

  • HC wants a board of doctors to examine if heart attack amounted to natural death in such cases

  • The court has called for adoption of more scientific medical investigation

Calling for adoption of the more scientific medical investigations, Justice Arvind Singh Sangwan asserted the cause of death of elderly persons, inflicted injuries following fist and kick blows on their abdomen, chest or back, was reported as myocardial infarction in a number of cases.

Such type of injuries, being internal, were not visible and went unreported in medico-legal report (MLR) or post-mortem report, if death occurred at a subsequent stage. As such, it was difficult for the courts to form an opinion despite eyewitnesses levelling specific allegation of injuries inflicted following fist or kick blows.

Justice Sangwan said the FIR in some cases was registered at the instance of an injured, who gave the "history of assault" before he died. But injury was not noticed while preparing the MLR and conducting the post-mortem examination. It was simply observed external injury was not visible.

Justice Sangwan asked Punjab Director-General, Health Services, to constitute the board of senior doctors, experts on the subject matter, to also suggest whether ultrasound scan or any other scientific investigation could be conducted to find out internal injury while conducting MLR/post-mortem examination.

The directions came in a case where a cancellation report was prepared and submitted by the police in the trial court after the post-mortem report described the cause of death as myocardial infarction ante-mortem in nature and sufficient to cause death. The victim in the case was allegedly beaten, resulting in injuries on his head and back.

Justice Sangwan also asked the board to give opinion on chemical examiner's report describing the cause of death as myocardial infarction.

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