Dr R K Sharma’s findings, contradicting both post mortem report and the viscera report prepared at the Govt Medical College in Nagpur, have been published in the latest issue of the Delhi-based Caravan magazine, which had raised many doubts four months ago on Judge Loya's death when he was hearing a case of Sohrabuddin's fake encounter in Gujarat in 2005 in which BJP President Amit Shah was also an accused as then minister of state for home in the state
NEW DELHI: Was Mumbai's CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya poisoned? At a time when The Supreme Court is hearing petitions for an independent probe into his mysterious death in Nagpur on December 1, 2024, a top most forensic expert has dismissed the official claim that he had died of heart attack.
The sensational revelation of the findings of Dr R K Sharma, president of the Indian Association of Medico-Legal Experts for 22 years and a former head of the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, is that the medical documents show "signs of possible trauma to the brain, and even possible poisoning."
Dr Sharma has written five books on forensic and medico-legal issues, trained judges and public prosecutors on multiple occasions and he has been a also consultant for the Central Bureau of Investigation. On the basis of study of all documents concerning Loya, he insists that there should be an investigation as demanded by several petitions in the Apex Court.
His findings, contradicting both post mortem report and the viscera report prepared at the Government Medical College in Nagpur, have been published in the latest issue of the Delhi-based Caravan magazine, which had raised many doubts four months agon on Judge Loya's death when he was hearing a case of Sohrabuddin's fake encounter in Gujarat in 2005 in which BJP President Amit Shah was also an accused as then minister of state for home in the state.
"There is no evidence of myocardial infarction in the histopathology report. The findings in this report have no suggestion of a heart-attack. They show changes, but not a heart attack," says Sharma in the report published in the Caravan.
Sharma observed: "The post-mortem report also says that calcification is observed in the vessels. Where there is calcification, there is no heart attack. Once the vessels have calcified, they will never block the flow of blood."
The findings of the chemical analysis on Loya’s viscera samples, submitted 50 days after the judge’s death, did not identify any poison. The analysis was performed at the Regional Forensic Science Laboratory in Nagpur. It is recorded as having started on 5 January 2015—36 days after Loya’s death, on the night intervening between 30 November and 1 December 2014—and finished 14 days later, on 19 January 2015. "Why did it take so long for the analysis," Sharma asked. "It generally takes a day or two [to complete the analysis]."
Loya is reported to have complained of feeling unwell at about 4 am on the night of his death, and was declared dead at 6.15 am. "So that means two hours," Sharma said. "If one is alive for more than 30 minutes after the symptoms [of a heart attack] show, the condition of the heart will have clear changes. No clear changes can be seen here."
The post-mortem report states that the probable cause of death was "coronary artery insufficiency." Sharma says: "There are changes observed in heart in these documents, but none of them are conclusive enough to show 'Coronary Artery Insufficiency.' Every patient who goes for a bypass surgery will have these symptoms."
"More importantly, dura is congested according to the post-mortem report," Sharma added. "Dura mater is the outermost layer that surrounds our brain. It is damaged in cases of trauma, which indicates some kind of an assault on the brain. A physical assault."