CBI should probe AIIMS team's conduct: Sushant Singh Rajput's family lawyer

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput | Photo: Twitter

: Hours after writing to to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director questioning the AIIMS report in the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput, senior advocate Vikas Singh held a press conference on Wednesday requesting the Central Bureau of Investigation to look into the conduct of Dr. Sudhir Gupta, who headed the AIIMS panel that re-examined the actor's death.

Addressing the media, Singh said, "The CBI should look into the conduct of the AIIMS team, they should examine who these doctors met and examine the statements that they have given in the media."

"If it's a suicide or not, it is not a question that shall not be answered by the doctors, it's for the investigators to say," Singh added, while raising questions on the AIIMS opinion.

He added that in the report submitted by the team to CBI there is no discussion on fractures and injuries, the viscera was so dry that it would have been difficult to bring out anything out of it.

"The AIIMS conduct is questionable, their doctors come to TV channels to share the opinion when the report is not shared in the public," he said while adding that such statements by the team of doctors are against the Medical Council of India's ethical guidelines.

"Their work was to only give medico-legal opinion. They shouldn't have given statements to the press. The CBI should also look into their conduct too," said Singh.

Singh added that Dr. Gupta shared a good rapport with him and when he had sent him the pictures he had said that it's 200% a case of strangulation and not suicide. He should not have given such loose statements. The AIIMS didn't have the body of Sushant. They only had to give a opinion.

Earlier in the day, the legal team representing the family of the late actor wrote to CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla claiming that the forensic examination conducted by the AIIMS board is faulty.

In a letter addressed to the CBI Director, the legal team represented by Varun Singh said, "I have been reading in the media about the report submitted by AIIMS to CBI with regard to the opinion expressed by CBI in the matter of the death of Sushant Singh Rajput on the 14th June, 2020. I have also seen some doctors who were part of the AIIMS Team come on TV and make statements with regard to the forensic examination done by the team."

The letter further said that, "In spite of several efforts to get a copy of the Report, there has been no response by Dr. Sudhir Gupta and I am accordingly writing this letter on the premise that the news report regarding the AIIMS opinion is correct.

"The leaked report, if correct, amounts to drawing a biased and boastful conclusion from insufficient evidence," the legal team said.

The legal team while raising questions on the said report said that AIIMS was not doing a post-mortem report but was only to express its opinion with regard to the post-mortem report done by the Cooper Hospital as AIIMS did not have the privilege of examining the body of Sushant Singh Rajput and thus forming a firsthand opinion about the cause of death.

The AIIMS panel in its report questioned the absence of the timing of death in the autopsy report and pointed towards the dimly-lit post mortem room at Cooper Hospital, sources said.

The source ruled out the poisoning angle in the death of the late actor. The source said that in the conclusive report submitted with the agency, doctors have pointed out towards the dim lighting in the post mortem room of Cooper Hospital.

Sushant's autopsy was carried out by three doctors of Cooper Hospital on the night of June 14.

A team of AIIMS' Forensic department was roped in by the CBI to give medico-legal opinion into the death of Sushant.

Sushant was found dead at his apartment on June 14.



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