Sunanda Pushkar’s death was not natural but planned: Family

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New Delhi: A day after the controversy over the death of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, took a new twist, her family on Friday said that it knew her death was planned.

On Thursday, her latest post-mortem report, submitted to AIIMS, was leaked, which claimed that Sunanda died due to “poisoning”.

Talking to a news agency, Ashok Kumar, a cousin of Sunanda Pushkar, said that the family knew it wasn’t a natural death, but was planned.

Raising questions over Tharoor, Kumar asked why would the Congress leader go out for a meeting when his wife was unwell. Even cameras weren’t working, Kumar pointed out.

Seeking justice for Pushkar, Kumar demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident.

The revelation about the autopsy report came around 10 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).

Pushkar, 52, was found dead in a mysterious condition in her room at a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17.

The leaked report said that the 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”.

“Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine,” it said.

The report also revealed that the medical report reserved comment on the specific poison or chemical responsible since there was a lot of limitations on the viscera report.

“The duration of injuries have been opined already. However, the reason of these physical injuries, circumstantial evidences and statements have not been submitted by the investigative officer,” the report states.

Speaking on the matter Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat told a news agency: “Under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code, the inquest proceeding in the Sundanda Pushkar case is still pending and we didn’t add anything in it.”

 

(With IANS inputs)

 

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