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Mumbai City News Only experts should comment on an autopsy

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In his lengthy profession in forensic medication, Dr Shailesh Mohite has been a part of some sensational instances, together with the Sheena Bora homicide and the autopsy of terrorist Abu Ismail. We reached out to Dr Mohite — Professor and the Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at Nair Hospital, Mumbai — to demystify the autopsy course of and shed some gentle on the controversy surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput’s autopsy. Excerpts from our dialog:


How vital is an autopsy report in a case like that of Sushant Singh Rajput?

According to our Indian judicial system, an autopsy is of utmost significance. It tells us numerous issues — from identification, to the trigger, method of demise, the proof that must be preserved, time since demise — all queries are answered on the finish of the autopsy. So, it types a vital a part of proof.

What elements do medical professionals be mindful whereas finishing up an autopsy and drawing conclusions?

There are numerous particular person variations that would happen relying on the circumstances. So, whereas conducting the autopsy, noting down findings or deciphering the findings, we have to preserve numerous issues in thoughts. For occasion — the intercourse of the particular person, the construct, age, the setting by which the physique was discovered, whether or not it’s summer time or winter, temperature, was the physique sporting garments or not, was it present in water or on dry floor and so on.


Can the identical autopsy report be interpreted otherwise by two medical professionals?

Yes, there could possibly be slight variations of opinion. While giving an opinion, one should at all times say that the opinions are based mostly on the above talked about observations. So, if it goes to a different professional, she or he is aware of the factors which were taken into consideration whereas coming to these conclusions. In case they’ve something so as to add, they’ll at all times point out the details considered aside from those said by the earlier physician. Documents just like the ADR (unintentional demise report), the panchnama, and statements of relations additionally must be taken into consideration and famous within the remaining report in order that there isn’t a ambiguity.

Dr Sudhir Gupta from AIIMS is claimed to have discovered discrepancies in Sushant’s autopsy report. It’s additionally within the information that the time of demise was not talked about within the report. What does this primarily imply?

It’s tough for me to talk on Dr Sudhir’s comment about contradictions, since he has not listed these out, although I’m certain he has thought-about all of the paperwork. As for the time, I can present you copies of autopsy reviews. There isn’t any particular column for time since demise. But it states the deductions of the medical officer concerning the time since demise from the abdomen contents. Time since demise is derived via numerous elements like rigor mortis, autopsy lividity, coldness or heat of the physique, decomposition adjustments if any. The publish mortem report additionally mentions the abdomen contents. The circumstantial proof supplied by the police are considered earlier than arriving at an thought of the time since demise. If anybody claims that point since demise isn’t talked about, it’s like saying that I’ve maintained a ebook of accounts, mentioning the bills however haven’t totalled it on the finish. But from the person entries, I can, at any given time, deduce it.

Following Sushant’s demise, a couple of photos have been leaked and circulated. What are the issues that one wants to have a look at as circumstantial proof?

One must be very certain that these are genuine images, not morphed ones, earlier than commenting. I’d recommend that experts, earlier than commenting, see to it that these are authenticated by the investigating officer who will put his signature and ahead it. Only these could be taken as genuine and could be permitted in courtroom as proof.

Some reviews had questioned the necessity to conduct Sushant’s autopsy at evening. In a state of affairs like this, how lengthy wouldn’t it have taken the docs to examine his physique, and is there a provision to conduct an autopsy at evening?

In Mumbai, there’s a particular round from the Government of Maharashtra which states that publish mortem should be finished in 24 hours, apart from instances of negligence and instances of homicide/ murder the place the police officer has talked about it within the papers.



Many reviews have questioned the necessity to take his physique to Dr. RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital when one other ambulance from a hospital nearer to his residence was current. What are the parameters of selecting a hospital?

There isn’t any selection right here. By authorities orders, the 90-plus police stations within the metropolis have been divided — police stations are connected to the autopsy centres, and we’ve got about 10 of them: St George, GT, JJ Hospital, Nair, KEM, Sion, Rajawadi, Cooper Hospital, Siddharth Hospital and Bhagwati. For instance, 5 police stations are connected to Nair Hospital and our bodies from their jurisdictions can be introduced right here.


You are suggesting that taking Sushant’s physique to Cooper Hospital was primarily a procedural resolution?

Yes. Bandra police station has Cooper Hospital assigned to them.


Leaked photos of Sushant’s physique led to an outcry on social media. The ligature marks and different indicators on his physique have been questioned by folks, a few of whom are medical practitioners and felony legal professionals. By an image and a ligature mark on one’s neck, are you able to clearly inform how the demise occurred?

As I mentioned, nobody should opine with out an authenticated {photograph}. From one photograph, one can not say something. The images must be taken from all sides. People want to know that there’s a distinction between a forensic medication professional (medical graduates), who has performed autopsies and a forensic scientist (non-medical individuals) who has by no means performed a single autopsy however has analysed paperwork, performed chemical analyses of the viscera and studied the organic evidences. Criminal legal professionals have by no means performed an autopsy — it is just a medical physician, who’s a forensic professional with expertise in autopsies, who can opine on publish mortem and accidents.


How many medical professionals are often required for a publish mortem and what are their perfect {qualifications}? And while you kind a crew of docs for an autopsy, are they known as in by appointment or are they chosen from these current within the hospital?

The guidelines are that any registered medical practitioner, which suggests anybody with an MBBS qualification, can conduct an autopsy. But ideally, a forensic medication professional, or at instances a pathologist is greatest suited to conduct autopsies. A forensic medication professional is good in instances that present violence. If there may be negligence or illness, it’s perfect to herald a pathologist. If the hospital additionally homes a medical faculty operating postgraduate programs, then aside from a crew of experts, there could possibly be postgraduate trainee docs, too. Every medical faculty has a forensic medication division. For routine functions, there’s a obligation checklist and each physician is assigned duties. Even one physician can do an autopsy. But, while you require help, the top of the division can ask different docs to help. All of them current for the autopsy will signal on the report.


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