Renowned forensic expert Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan passed away on 11 July 2017 following a brief illness. He was 83 and is survived by his wife and daughter.
Sekharan helped investigators crack the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and played an influential role in getting back the stolen 1500-year-old Pathur Nataraja idol from the United Kingdom.
About Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan
• An acknowledged expert as well as a pioneer in some forensic techniques, he deconstructed the suicide bomb attack on Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991. It was he who disclosed that the killer was a woman who acted as a human bomb.
• With enormous knowledge in forensic science and traditional knowledge, he was successful in establishing India’s claim over the Nataraja idol at the Royal Court of Justice in the U.K.
• He also served as the Director of the Tamil Nadu Forensic Sciences department.
• He was a much sought-after expert witness, appearing in courts across India, as well as in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Sri Lanka for both prosecution and defence.
• Sekharan was awarded with the Padma Bhushan in the year 2000.
What: Passed away
When: 11 July 2017
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