New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear the plea for a CBI probe in the mysterious death of former Telecom Minister A Raja's close aide Sadiq Batcha.

Appearing for NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation, on whose plea a CBI probe was directed into the 2G scam, advocate Prashant Bhushan pleaded before the court that the death is related with the scam and should also be probed by the investigating agency.

He also mentioned that the state government is reported to be in favour of CBI probe into Batcha's death.

In view of the Bhushan's submission that state government favoured CBI probe, a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly, said, that it would hear the application if it is filed and suggested the lawyer to wait for some time "as some development might take place during the day."

Bhushan said that he would file the application and bring the matter before the bench if the state government did not decide on the CBI probe in the case.

38-year-old Batcha died in mysterious circumstances at his home in South Chennai on Wednesday and his wife claimed that he committed suicide "unable to cope with the pressure" of the probe in the case.

Batcha was the Managing Director of Greenhouse Promoters, a firm under the scanner of the CBI as well as the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the spectrum allocation scam.

He was said to have been found hanging in his house in Vannia Teynampet in South Chennai by his wife and his driver around 1300 hours.

The CBI and the ED had conducted searches at his official and residential premises in December. He has been called for questioning four times since then.

The possibility of his firms acting as a front for the former Minister was being looked into.

Batcha died of asphyxia: Doctor

Meanwhile, a doctor who conducted the post-mortem in Chennai said that Batcha’s death was due to asphyxia and his body showed compression of the neck with hanging mark.
 
However, he added, "We cannot say now whether it was suicide or murder. The report will be ready in two weeks."

"The death was caused due to asphyxia but the cause of that cannot be confirmed till the forensic report is received," Dr V Dekal of the Government Royapettah Hospital, where the autopsy was conducted, told reporters , adding that the entire autopsy was videographed.

"Until and unless the results come you cannot concretely tell whether it is a suicide or not. As of now, death is due to asphyxia...that is deficiency of oxygen in the tissue. So, compression of the neck could be the reason for this asphyxia, but exactly whether it was suicide."

"The hanging mark, anti-mortem or post-mortem, before death or after death, has to be confirmed by microscopic examination. Once the results come we will be concretely able
to able to tell whether it is a case of hanging," he said.

A team of doctors performed the autopsy at the Chennai hospital for nearly three hours.

Some angry relatives of Batcha shouted slogans against the media and police pacified them.

The body was later handed over to Batcha's relatives and the burial expected to be done in Perambalur, Batcha's native place.

(Agencies)