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Autopsy report out, no word on Sunanda Pushkar’s cause of death

HT Correspondent letters@hindustantimes.com , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 20, 2014
First Published: 17:55 IST(20/1/2014) | Last Updated: 13:39 IST(21/1/2014)

The three-member AIIMS panel charged with carrying out the autopsy of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, submitted its preliminary report to the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) investigating her death, on Monday

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Not revealing the cause of Pushkar’s death, whose body was found in her luxury hotel suite in Delhi on Friday night, AIIMS forensic experts claimed it was for the police to ascertain the cause of death.

The report was submitted to Vasant Vihar SDM Alok Sharma around 6.30pm. “We have submitted our findings and it is for them to draw inferences. We cannot reveal the contents,” said Dr Amit Gupta, AIIMS spokesperson.

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However, sources revealed that Pushkar had several external injury marks on the upper part of her body, many of which appeared to be scuffle marks. The forensic experts were also handed over pictures of the crime scene as they wanted to see the condition in which Pushkar’s body was found.

The three-member panel, headed by forensic medicine department Dr Sudhir Gupta, performed the post-mortem on Saturday morning. After examining the body for more than an hour, the doctors had labeled it as a ‘sudden unnatural death’, and asked for a couple of days more for a detailed examination. However, even after two days, doctors couldn’t explain what the term ‘sudden unnatural death’ meant.

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It was also revealed that no trace of alcohol was found in Pushkar’s body although they did find the presence of Alprazolam, a psychoactive drug and sedative.

Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor immersed the ashes of his wife in the River Ganga at Haridwar on Monday. He was accompanied by Pushkar’s son Shiv Menon.

In a related development, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde asked the police to conduct an expeditious probe into Pushkar’s death.

“He (Tharoor) has written to me and sought an expeditious probe. I have already talked to the persons concerned and they are doing it,” he told reporters.

Tharoor, minister of state for HRD, had on Sunday written a letter to Shinde offering his full cooperation in the probe into the death of his 52-year-old wife
Pushkar, saying he was "horrified to read the reckless speculation rampant" in the media.

Pushkar, was found dead in bed in her suite on Friday night, two days after she went public on Twitter with accusations of a “rip-roaring affair” between her husband and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.

(With inputs from Rhythma Kaul)


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