The department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology was founded in year 1957. Later Prof. Jagdish Chandra joined as Lecturer and designated as Head of Department. Medicolegal postmortem work was started from year 1968. At present department is engaged in multifarious activities of teaching, training and research. It is involved in medico-legal postmortems, casualty work, Clinical Forensic medicine Services & court related works. Department is imparting expert opinions in referred cases from courts, National Human Rights Commission, CBI, Crime Branch, Delhi Police and Investigating agencies from other states. The department is running three laboratory services - Toxicology laboratory, DNA fingerprinting laboratory and Histopathology laboratory.
Dr Sudhir K Gupta has taken the charge of Professor & Head of the department sine August 2013 and immediately started Embalming facility in public interest. His long term plan is to develop Cadaveric Laboratory, Cadaver organ tissue retrieval and processing and forensic molecular biology unit and cadaver organ removal for transplantation from brain dead in future. Clinical toxicology and antidote banking for active participation of doctor in treatment of poisoning cases is also envisaged.
The department has recently started to develop Forensic Anthropology laboratory which will be first of its kind in the country. It will be well-equipped as per international standards and will act as quality training centre and mentor facility for whole country.