N Indra, A Kugan's mother, told the Kuala Lumpur High Court that she does not believe the first post-mortem report on her son, as she believes he had died from the beatings he suffered while in police detention.
Indra ( left ) also told the court, in the her RM100 million civil suit against the government and the police, that contrary to the first post-mortem which found 22 injuries to his body, the second detailed 45.
Besides Indra, her solicitor N Surendran also testified in the proceedings, during which video footages of Kugan's body lying in the Serdang Hospital mortuary on the night of Jan 20, 2009, were screened in court.
Surendran, who was the first witness to take the stand, explained the agony faced by the family on having to wait to see the body and also in having the authorities commit themselves for a second post-mortem, which was only sanctioned five days later, on Jan 25.
The second post-mortem performed by Dr Prashant Samberkar found the terrible beatings that Kugan suffered, resulting in the body cells breaking down and damaging the kidneys as well, to be the cause of death.
"This led to a condition called rhabdomyolysis , which led to Kugan's death," said Surendran.
Dr Prashant was not present to testify at the proceedings as he has already returned to India, upon the expiry of his work contract.
Surendran also said that Dr Abdul Karim Tajuddin, who carried out the first post-mortem on Kugan's body, has been reprimanded by the Malaysian Medical Council.
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