Did Sadiq Batcha really die?

via K Vijayan published on March 24, 2011

Andimuttu Raja’s accomplice in Spectrum Loot, Sadiq Batcha, allegedly committed suicide and has been practically Post Mortemmed out of the Blame Game. However something does not smell right, and a report in the Tamil Daily Dinamalar, 23-3-11, page 16 points out :

Sadiq was brought in a critical condition to Apollo Hospital, Chennai on 16-3-2011 at 1:30 P.M. At 1:40 the hospital authorities announced Sadiq Dead.

After half an hour, at 2:10 police had been informed and they reached the hospital within 5-10 minutes.

Normal practice is that when a person is admitted with injuries or after attemped suicide an entry has to be made in a Register, or if brought dead Police informed immediately. In Sadiq Batcha’s case it was only after 30 minutes that the Police have been informed by some one higher up in the Hospital adminstration.

At 2:50 PM a body (?) wrapped up head-to-foot like an egyptian mummy was seen being taken out of Apollo hospital to the Government Royapettah Hospital.

During the busy 80 minutes in Apollo Hospital the only person who identified the body to the police was one Vivekanandan, claimed to be a former Raja aide and an agent of ICICI Prudential Deposit scheme. How long this Vivekanandan was there or how long he took to identify the body is a mystery.

Police have claimed that Vivekanandan was already present when they reached the hospital. Vivekanandan has told reporters that when he reached Apollo hospital some thirty persons of Green House Promoters (Batcha’s Real Estate Firm), reporters and police personnel were already there, and that when ACP of Nungambakkam had called for someone to identify the body he had volunteered and was taken inside by the ACP.

However this same Vivekanandan has confirmed that he only knew Sadiq only through having helped Sadiq’s brother to get a ‘policy’, and several Green House staff were present there. The question being asked is when so many Green House staff were present what was the need for him to volunteer to identify the body? It is also being claimed that whenthe pokice came to Apollo no body except Vivekanandan was there.

Police sources also say that even before the police reached Apollo the black trousers and blue shirt with black lines worn by Sadiq had been removed and the body was wrapped up head to toe in white cloth. Vivekanandan has also stated that he identified the body by looking only at the face. What was the need for all this hasty and imperfect Identification, by a comparative stranger who says he only knew Sadiq as the Policy Agent for Sadiq’s brother?

At 1:40 PM the news of the death has been announced, and the chances are that only SAdiq’s driver, wife and mother-in-law knew of it. Yet Vivekanandan has heard of it and come all the way from Triplicane in half an hour by auto-rickshaw. Police claim he was already in the hospital when they reached there. In other words he must have left within 5 minutes of the announcement of Batcha’s death. The mystery is how, why or who informed him even before the Police were informed.

Batcha is said to have been taken down from the noose and brough to Apollo by his wife and driver. In the haste to save his life, what are the chances that they would have informed others? How could Vivekanandan have got the information from Green House staff as he has claimed? And how is it that Green House staff received the information before the police? What was the need for Green House staff to inform a Policy agent of victim’s brother?

Police sources say that Batcha’s wife and driver who had brough thim in a critical condition left the hospital as soon as they heard that he was dead. Can this be true? If so, why did she leave, or was compelled to leave, and why she or the driver were not asked to identify the body?

Is there a possiblilty that the Post Mortemmed ‘body’ was not that of Sadiq Batcha?

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