Mumbai : The Maharashtra CID on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that the death of a girl student of Symbiosis Institute of Design in Pune, last October, was due to excessive alcohol intake. In an affidavit filed before the bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and Gautam Patel, the CID denied that her death was due to unnatural causes.
It said she died of cardiac arrest due to excessive dose of alcohol.
However, the girl’s parents on Monday claimed before the Court that their daughter had never consumed alcohol and pointed out the discrepancies in reports of Sassoon Hospital in Pune and Kalina Lab, where the forensic tests were done. The judges asked the CID to look into the material submitted by the parents of the girl and conduct investigations on those lines.
The student Sanam Hassan’s mother Nagina Hassan, a resident of Versova here, had moved court, demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter alleging that her daughter died under suspicious circumstances last year and the police probe was unsatisfactory. According to the petition, the victim on October 3, 2012, had gone out with her friends for a party to celebrate her birthday. The next day her parents were informed that Sanam had been taken to the Ruby Hall Clinic where she was declared dead on arrival.
The petition alleged that forensic tests conducted on the girl were inconclusive and confusing and the report also said the heart which was examined was of a male. It also alleged that the report on the vaginal swabs of the victim did not match with her parents’ DNA and the post-mortem report did not comment on the cause of death as the chemical analysis report was yet to come.
According to Hassan, police gave them no satisfactory answers about the probe, so they approached the Home Minister, who transferred the investigation to CID.
Counsel for Hassan, Aniket Nikam, alleged shoddy probe and demanded that CBI should take over investigations.
Asking Nikam to file a rejoinder, the court deferred the hearing to November 18.
Nikam also pointed out that the student was taken to Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune, which was about 5kms away from the house where she was found unconscious, although two big hospitals were almost 200 metres from that place.
He also contended that there were discrepancies in reports regarding the girl’s alcohol intake. While the Sassoon Hospital’s report said she had excessive alcohol, the Kalina Lab’s report indicated that it was nominal.