Kochi | The Kerala High Court today directed the state government to produce the post-mortem report performed on the body of former Sivagiri mutt head Swami Saswathikananda whose death remains shrouded in mystery.
Hearing various petitions seeking further investigation and a CBI probe into the swami’s death by drowning on July 1, 2002, High Court Judge Justice B Kemal Pasha asked the Director General of Prosecution to produce original post-mortem notes prepared by doctors who performed the autopsy.
Considering the allegations regarding head injury found on the body, the Court orally observed that if the skull is not opened during post-mortem, it is very serious.
Kerala government had on October 31 announced further investigation into the death of the Swami following a crime branch report, citing new revelations in the case.
Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala had said the decision was taken after the crime branch examined the revelations made recently on the Swami’s death and was convinced that the case qualified for further investigation.
Kerala Bar Hotel Owners Association Working President Biju Ramesh, also leader of Sree Narayana Dharam Vedi, rival to SNDP, an organisation of backward Ezhava community headed by Vellapally Natesan, had alleged that the swami was murdered and that Natesan and his son Thushar had a role in it.
Dismissing the charges as baseless, Natesan had said he was ready to face any probe but maintained that the Swami’s death was a ‘jal samadhi’.