Sunanda Pushkar (IANS)

Twist in Sunanda Death Case: Sunanda Pushkar Was Murdered, Tharoor Will Be Questioned, Says Delhi Police

The Delhi Police on Tuesday threw a spark over Sunanda Pushkar’s death case, confirming it as a murder. Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi said that a case of murder is registered based on the medical reports that revealed the death was “unnatural.”

Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife, Pushkar, was found dead in a five star hotel in New Delhi on January 17. In October, the post-mortem report submitted by a medical team from AIIMS had claimed that Sunanda has died due to “poisoning.”

“We have to investigate whether she poisoned herself or whether she was forcefully given poison.We are taking all necessary measures in the case. It is clear that Sunanda Pushkar’s death was not natural,” said Bassi.

He added that as the Post-mortem report does not say whether poison was taken or injected, it is needed to send samples abroad for further tests.

However, the police has also said that Shashi Tharoor will be questioned.

The autopsy report had came around ten days after the post mortem report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) was submitted to the Delhi Police by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Stating the traces of the drug alprax, which was found in her body and were originally thought to be the cause of her death, reports said, was not enough of a lethal dose to kill her.

It had also revealed, “AIIMS medical board had thoroughly pursued the various documents that were submitted to them by the investigating officers along with the post-mortem report and histopathology report of viscera after which it was concluded the cause of Pushkar’s death is poisoning.” The report said that viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine.

However, as per reports, a senior police officer had said, “With this it is almost clear that Sunanda died of poisoning, the biggest question which remains in the case is that the kind of poison (used) and how it reached her body. If these questions can be answered, the case could head to its logical end.”

The medical team of AIIMS was asked to find the poison and name it by police. As per reports, if the team couldn’t do that, the samples were about to sent abroad.

Amid, the police had already seized three mobile phones and a laptop of Pushkar and sent them to a forensic laboratory in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, to check whether anything was deleted from the gadgets after her death.

Meanwhile, in November, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had raised a doubt on Sunanda’s death linking it with her threat to disclose “money-laundering” in the IPL and had sought a CBI probe in the matter.


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