Sunday, March 13, 2016
The trial court has acquitted the accused Dr. S.Chaitanya Reddy who was accused in the unnatural death-turned-murder of his wife Dr. Kiran Reddy, niece of former Union Minister S.Jaipal Reddy. The court said that Kiran’s death was neither suicidal nor homicidal.
It may be recalled that Ms.Kiran Reddy was found unconscious in the bedroom of their house on the morning of June 18, 2011. She was rushed to Apollo Hospital where doctors pronounced brought dead. Based on her father’s complaint, the Jubilee Hills police registered a case of unnatural death u/s 174 of Cr.P.C. The next day, however, he lodged a second complaint suspecting foul play prompting the investigation to alter the section to 302 of IPC. The case was transferred to Central Crime Station who filed a charge-sheet against her husband and in-laws. The police charged Dr.Chaitnya Reddy with murder while others were accused of dowry harassment.
Investigators stated in the charge sheet that Dr.Chaitnya smothered his wife to death with a pillow. The night before her death, the doctor couple returned home at around 1am after attending a party. Conflicting version came up during investigation and the court agreed with the defence argument that she consumed liquor in the party and the forensic doctor deposed that based on the viscera report it can be conclusively said the doctor was under intoxication. There are several kinds of deaths caused by asphyxia and postural asphyxia is one of them.