In a sensational twist to the mysterious death of Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi Police registered a case of murder after a medical report said her death was unnatural and was caused due to poisoning but nobody has been named as a suspect as yet.
Disclosing this, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi did not rule out questioning Tharoor. It was not clear whether she had consumed the poison on her own or it was administered forcefully or by injection. However, Sunanda Pushkar’s ghost will always haunt Tharoor.
Sunanda’s death had created a sensation as it came hot on the heels of a bitter spat between the couple over the twitter over his alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. On 29th December, the medical board of AIIMS has given a report to police. The main thing they have informed the police is that the death is unnatural and not natural. Secondly, it is due to poison that could have been taken orally or injected.
Tharoor, who is reportedly undergoing treatment at an ayurvedic centre in Kerala, has already issued a statement to the media saying he is willing to cooperate with the authorities and also requested that the police hand over Sunanda’s medical reports to the family immediately so that they are fully apprised of the progress in the investigation.
While the Delhi Police Chief BS Bassi has refused to make a statement about questioning Tharoor publicly, media channels report that Tharoor, along with four of his staffs, has been served notice under Section 160 of CrPC, which is the usual procedure to summon a witness for questioning.
Earlier, AIIMS doctor was alleged that he was asked to give false report in Sunanda Pushkar’s death case. The report submitted to the police by AIIMS doctors in October last year on the reasons for the death of Sunanda Pushkar is “inconclusive”, according to Delhi Police and it may now go for advance forensic tests. The 12-page “Subsequent Medical Board Opinion”, submitted to police on September 30 by a panel of AIIMS doctors, said that the medical board had again concluded like it did in its first report that her brain, kidney, lungs and liver were functioning normally and that her death was caused by poisoning. The new report by the three-member panel of doctors, who had conducted the autopsy on her, was prepared on the basis of the findings of the Centre Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) which had examined Sunanda’s viscera. There is still no information on what kind of poison caused Sunanda’s death and how it reached in her body. The report sheds no light over the issue. The panel has also listed a number of poisons, most of which are radioactive chemicals which cannot be detected during forensic tests in Indian labs which include thallium, polonium 210, Nerium Oleander, snake venom, photolabile poisons and heroin. From the medical document made available to them, the panel has also concluded that Pushkar did not have cardiac problem. She was not suffering from any diseases like hypertension, Diabetes and Tuberculosis. The panel has concluded that Sunanda was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual.
The head of the forensics department at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has stirred the hornet’s nest by claiming that he was pressurised into giving a tailor-made report in the Sunanda Tharoor death case. Sunanda Tharoor, wife of the-then Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in suite 345 of south Delhi’s Leela hotel on January 17 this year. Her body was reportedly found by Tharoor around 8pm, when he returned to the hotel after attending a meeting of the All India Congress Committee. Dr Sudhir Gupta, who headed the team of forensic experts that conducted the postmortem, has written to the health ministry and the chief vigilance commission complaining that he was pressurised by top officials to show it as a “natural death”. Gupta has claimed that he is now being targeted because he did not bow to the pressure and gave a report stating that Sunanda’s death was caused by drug poisoning that could be both suicidal and homicidal.
Her death came within 48 hours of her going public about her husband’s alleged affair with a Pakistani journalist, raising suspicions of suicide, although no note has been found. The tragic end came even as Twitter was buzzing about the public display of anger, betrayal and accusations involving Tharoor, Sunanda and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. There were also reports of Sunanda asking for divorce. She then rocked social media constantly for two long days and was finally found dead. Every senior journalist is claiming that she gave them call before the tragedy, she wanted to expose her hubby, but none of these journalists on the humanitarian grounds went to solace her knowing the level of her depression.
There was a tragedy in Tharoor’s life, but there is no evidence against him as his aide tries to clear any possible doubts about Sunanda Pushkar’s death. Many opposition leaders then claimed that the sudden death of Sunanda Pushkar, is seen as a case of pre-planned murder. The injury marks on her body, and the way this case unfolded, it seemed to be a well-planned murder. No case has been registered against Shashi Tharoor under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act. But Tharoor has filed a complaint with the central administrative tribunal in this regard. After few hours of Subramaniam Swami’s allegation, then Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to provide detailed report on allegations that the head of forensics department was forced to change the autopsy report of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.
Some even speculate that Sunanda was murdered after she revealed connections of Shashi Tharoor with an ISI agent. May be she knew more than that, but why Intelligence Bureau failed to find out what happened? This case has to be thoroughly investigated. It also reminds us that Delhi has become famous or infamous for forensic manipulations after the Talwar incident. Government should trace the phone calls of Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda and this case should be transfered to CBI. It’s a critical issue related to National Security. There should be a criminal enquiry on this. This puts the forensic doctor as a co-culprit in the murder crime. Even this case would go as ….No one killed Sunanda Pushkar?