IO/SHO allowed to approach hospitals for postmortem: DHC

In an attempt to curb the delays in conducting postmortems, the Delhi High Court directed Delhi Government, Delhi Police and other authorities to issue orders to enable the Investigating Officer/Station House Officer to directly approach the concerned medical college/hospital for having the postmortem conducted, without being required to go through the prevalent channels.

The Court, however, left it open to the concerned authorities to, while issuing a direction to the said effect, prescribe compliance of such procedure as may be deemed necessary, to effectuate the same.

As per prevalent channels, the Investigating Officer/Station House Officer has to go through the Additional Commissioner of Police office, Deputy Commissioner of Police office, Police Headquarter and the Delhi Government’s Department of Home Affairs to seek permission for conducting a postmortem.

The Court further directed the concerned hospitals to issue appropriate orders for having a continuing panel of Doctors for conducting the postmortem and any one / two / three Doctors from which panel may constitute the Board, as the case may require. The concerned hospitals shall be entitled to, in their discretion, lay down the appropriate procedure/step therefor, without causing delay.

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