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Batcha’s death due to asphyxia: Doctor
Chennai/NEW DELHI, Mar 17 (IANS):
Published on 18 Mar. 2011 12:10 AM IST
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Sadiq Batcha, realtor and a close business associate of former communications minister A. Raja, died due to asphyxia, a doctor who performed autopsy on the body said Thursday. The injuries were similar to those that were found on a body when a person is hanged.
Speaking to IANS, V. Dekal, who performed autopsy on Batcha’s body Thursday at Government Royapettah Hospital, said: ‘The death is due to asphyxia (lack of oxygen in the blood causing unconsciousness or death). The signs of asphyxia like bluish fingers and damage to internal organs were there.’ He said there were no other injuries on the body.
‘The injuries on the neck skin are similar to the ones that would occur when a person is hanged. We have sent the skin samples to see whether the injuries occurred after the death,’ Dekal said.
According to him, injuries on the neck would occur even if a person is hanged after his death. He said samples of internal organs have been sent for forensic test to check for poisoning.
According to him, Batcha’s finger nails were clear. However, they have been sent for tests to detect presence of rope fibres.
Queried whether Batcha’s neck bone was fractured, Dekal said: ‘Fracture of neck bone is not a must for death due to hanging. Fracture of bone depends on factors like age of the person and other things.’ As to the time of probable time of death, he said: ‘The body was brought to the hospital around 3 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday). The death would have happened between six - eight hours prior to that.’ He said there was partially digested food in Batcha’s stomach, but what it was cannot be confirmed.
According to Dekal, a number of tests have to be conducted to pinpoint the exact reason of death, and might take around two weeks.
‘Only after getting all the reports, I can say clearly about the case,’ Dekal said.
Sadiq Batcha was under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) scanner to check whether his company, Green House Promoters, was a conduit for the money generated in the spectrum scam. Batcha, 47, was found hanging at his Chennai home Wednesday afternoon.
CBI asked to probe Sadiq Batcha’s suicide
The CBI said it had been asked to probe the suicide of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of former telecom minister A Raja. A CBI official confirmed that the Tamil Nadu government had transferred the suicide case to it.
The Tamil Nadu government earlier on Thursday said it was transferring the case as the CBI was investigating the 2G spectrum scam and had questioned Batcha.
Batcha, 47, was found hanging at his Chennai home on Wednesday afternoon. His autopsy was conducted on Thursday and the body handed over to the family.
Batcha was under the CBI scanner to check whether his company, Green House Promoters, was a conduit for the money generated in the spectrum scam.
CBI officials visited Batcha’s house Thursday morning and carried out investigations. Police officers said Batcha hanged himself with a rope on a hook used to tie a baby cradle.
According to police, Batcha left behind a suicide note asking his wife S. Reha Banu to forgive him. He also requested his brother-in-law to take care of his family.
Batcha’s wife has said her husband was under pressure because of the CBI’s investigation into the spectrum scandal and the media spotlight on him.

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