College girl suicide: Madras HC allows fresh postmortem
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday allowed a fresh postmortem of one the three college girls who allegedly committed suicide last week at Villupuram following a request by her father.
Justice R Subbiah, while allowing the postmortem to be performed again, also granted the request of Monisha's father for the presence of doctors of his choice during the exercise.
Tamilarasan had moved a petition on January 25 in the High Court seeking a CB-CID inquiry and a fresh postmortem in a state-run hospital in Chennai. He had also requested that a doctor of his choice be allowed to be present during autopsy.
On January 23, three girl students of SVS Medical College of Yoga and Naturopathy at Villupuram had committed suicide by jumping into a farm well over alleged harassment by the management demanding 'exorbitant' fees.
The college head Vasuki Subramaniam surrendered in a court in Chennai on Jan 25 and was remanded in judicial custody, while two others, including its principal, were arrested in connection with the case.
The suicides came following recent protests by students alleging collection of exorbitant fees by the college and lack of amenities. The deceased girls - V Priyanka, T Monisha and E Saranya - were second year students.
Tamilarasan had expressed serious doubts over the suicide claim and alleged his daughter was murdered as she and other girls had complained to district authorities about collection of exorbitant fees.
The girls' parents had also filed complaints claiming their daughters were murdered. The triple-suicide has snowballed into a major issue with political parties demanding tough action. The college was sealed on January 24.