In this post, we will discuss about the case where High Court dismisses plea for gangster Jaipal Bhullar’s second autopsy.
Facts of the case: Gangster Bhullar was killed in an encounter in Kolkata on June 9. He was wanted in the region for a number of crimes. His father, Bhupinder Singh, a retired police inspector, had demanded that Bhullar’s autopsy be conducted again, either at the PGIMER Chandigarh; AIIMS, Delhi; or some independent medical institute, to the know the exact details and nature of the injuries caused to him. The first postmortem was conducted at Kolkata.
The father had claimed that Bhullar was killed in a fake encounter, which according to him was substantiated from the injuries that were noticed on his son’s dead body. Bhupinder Singh’s counsel had also argued that as the dead body was lying at Ferozepur, the jurisdiction of this court could be invoked.
Legal Issue: Whether the Second Postmortem of gangster Bhullar should be conducted or not.
Decision of High Court: The bench of Justice Manjari Nehru Kaul dismissed the plea observing that it was not maintainable before this court. It said that in view of the fact that the first postmortem was conducted in Kolkata, it would be beyond the jurisdiction of this court to issue any directions. Court was also of the view that one cannot lose sight of the fact that the plea impugnes the first postmortem, which was conducted at Kolkata, beyond the jurisdiction of this court.
Conclusion: Therefore as per the facts of the case, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday dismissed a plea from the father of slain gangster Jaipal Singh Bhullar for conducting his second autopsy.