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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Sunanda's death: Tharoor sent two emails to Dr Gupta

Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 03, 2014
First Published: 01:07 IST(3/7/2014) | Last Updated: 01:12 IST(3/7/2014)

Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor had reportedly forwarded two emails, detailing some pertinent health issues that his wife Sunanda Pushkar had, to Dr Sudhir Gupta who conducted the autopsy on her body at AIIMS.

Dr Gupta, head of the forensic science department at AIIMS, has annexed these emails to the copy of his petition to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) questioning his non-promotion at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

HT has accessed the affidavit filed by Dr Gupta and also has copies of the two emails which were apparently forwarded to him by Tharoor after Sunanda’s death.

The first among these emails was sent to Tharoor by Dr. Rajeev Bhasin, a family physician, on January 26 and the second by a child specialist practising in Dubai on February 12 — who claimed that he had been Pushkar’s family friend.

Both emails suggest that Pushkar could have indeed died due to natural causes and detailed her medical history. The two emails also seem to justify two contentious facts about Pushkar’s medical condition — that she was apparently susceptible to bruises on her skin and that an overdose of alprax tablets could cause death in her condition.

“If she had no food over thee days and only coconut water,” one of the emails stated, “which has a very high content of potassium could have elevated her serum potassium levels and possibly slowed her heart rate.”

“In addition, if she took alprax, it could have contributed to the slowing down of her heart rate and made it possibly difficult for her to call for help,” one of the mails said.

The other email, sent by Dr. Anil Gupta from the Cooper Health Clinic in Dubai, UAE, explained some “medical issues in her life”.

“She told me she had lupus and was consulting a lupus expert,” the email said. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).

“She used to bruise easily and we have discussed this several times in passing. A mere injection for blood test or bumping into a piece of furniture could result in visible bruising. I am concerned as bruising on her body is being discussed as inflicted in the media,” the email said.


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