Inquest opens into death of Indian nurse in Britain

Key evidence in the death of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha has been handed over to legal team representing the Australian radio station behind the hoax call that apparently lead to her suicide.

Saldanha, 46, had been found hanging days after the call from 2Day FM RJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian to a UK hospital treating Kate Middleton.

An inquest into her death opened last week at Westminster Coroner's Court where Australia's Southern Cross Media Group was allowed a position on the legal bench when the official inquest proceedings begin on May 2.

On Friday, the court handed over copies of the three notes the mother-of-two left before her apparent suicide, a police report, toxicology results, a statement from the duty nurse who was the last person to see her alive as well as a letter from her GP, expected to reveal whether she was on medication at the time of her death.

Some reports suggest she had apparently been treated by a doctor in India after an incident of self harm and may have been on anti-depressants.

Southern Cross Media's lawyer, Maya Sikand, was granted permission to be party to the proceedings on behalf of the RJs, who caused international uproar following their prank call to the King Edward VII's Hospital here last December pretending to be members of the royal family.

There is dispute between the radio station and the hospital about whether 2Day FM tried to call the nurse back to get her permission before airing the hoax call.

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