Medico-legal reports to be prepared under camera vigil

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November 6, 2013 | NEWS | Post by: admin

Bathinda, November 5
To check manipulation in medico legal cases like tampering with narcotic samples in laboratories, the Health Department today ordered installation of close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in all rooms where medico legal reports (MLRs) are prepared.

Dr Ashok Nayyar, Director, Health Services, has issued instructions to all civil surgeons in this regard.

It was usually alleged that MLRs could be easily manipulated to get advantage in criminal and legal cases, he said.

“The CCTVs will help monitor the process. The civil surgeons will monitor the camera feed and the recording can be analysed anytime,” he said.

He said his staff at Chandigarh could also monitor the feeds. Dr Nayyar said there were no financial constraints.

The orders for monitoring the medico legal cases come 15 years after the Health Department started video-filming the post-mortems in rape and custodial death cases.

The National Human Rights Commission had ordered that all such cases should be video-recorded so that no evidence was ignored.

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