A Delhi court has ordered a fresh inquest into a prison inmate’s death after National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) raised questions about the diagnosis of the victim’s ailment. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav directed a magisterial court, which had conducted the inquest into Rohini jail inmate Om Prakash’s death, to report if proper diagnosis with respect to his ailment was carried out and if a proper treatment was provided to him.
“Let a copy of inquest proceedings along with a copy of NHRC letter be sent to the magisterial court with direction to file its report inter alia, specifying therein if proper diagnosis in respect of ailment of Om Prakash was carried out and the treatment provided,” the CMM said while calling for report on July 16.
He also said the metropolitan magistrate, looking into the matter, “is at liberty to seek the opinion of the doctor concerned and is even authorised to visit the hospital for his report.” The CMM gave the directions on the June 12 letter from NHRC asking his comments on the matter.
Facing trial for various offences under IPC including culpable homicide, Om Prakash was lodged in Rohini jail.
The NHRC letter said, “The death summary of the deceased submitted by the medical officer/in-charge, district jail, Rohini reveals that deceased had on September 3, 2009 and September 17, 2009 made complaints of chest pain and gave history of chest pain for last two years.”
The NHRC said it is not apparent from record if proper diagnosis was carried out and proper treatment was provided to the patient during his stay in jail between March 22, 2009 and September 29, 2009 and that the magisterial enquiry report did not consider this aspect.