Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor called for a “clear and definitive” conclusion to the investigation into his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death, amid a new controversy over a doctor’s allegation that he was “pressured” to manipulate the post mortem report in the case.
“I reiterate my request to bring this protracted inquiry to a clear and definitive conclusion at the earliest, so as to put all speculation to rest,” Mr. Tharoor said in response to AIIMS forensic doctor Sudhir Gupta’s allegation that he was pressured to show Sunanda Tharoor’s death as natural.
Dr Gupta has written to the health ministry and Chief Vigilance Commission alleging that he is being targeted because he did not give in to the pressure and said in the post mortem report that Sunanda died of drug poisoning. He has also called for a probe into what he called “illegal politically motivated agenda” to remove him as head of the forensic department “since I have taken an honest and ethical stand.”
Mr. Tharoor’s statement came hours after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan stepped into the row and sought a report from AIIMS.