Today in New Delhi, India
Sep 21, 2018-Friday
New Delhi
  • Humidity
  • Wind

Delhi Police may be under pressure to harass Tharoor: Congress

The Congress party said on Saturday that the BS Bassi-led Delhi Police might have been under pressure to harass Shashi Tharror after Sunanda Pushkar’s death was confirmed to be due to “unnatural” causes.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2016 13:49 IST
Delhi Police,Shashi Tharoor,Congress
File photo of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and his late wife Sunanda Pushkar.(HT Photo)

With the Delhi Police confirming that Sunanda Pushkar’s death was due to ‘unnatural’ causes, Congress said on Saturday that the BS Bassi-led Delhi Police might have been under pressure to harass Shashi Tharror unnecessarily.

“It is for the Delhi Police to see whether the death of Sunanda Pushkar was natural or not. The whole thing seems to be a very big mess. Sometimes evidences say something else and sometimes something else,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.

“I only hope that there is nothing else in this case. Mr Tharoor is a very strong, powerful Congress leader and sometimes news comes that this case is being used to harass him unnecessarily and perhaps pressure may be put on the Delhi Police to do things, which the evidence may not be pointing at,” he added.

Meanwhile, asserting that Shashi Tharoor’s wife was poisoned to death, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday accused Bassi of not revealing the exact chemical compound that was responsible for her death.

“Police commissioner is not telling the media that the FBI found presence of heart arrest-injectable poison lidocaine in Sunanda’s body,” Swamy tweeted.

After receiving Pushkar’s final viscera report by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bassi confirmed on Friday that Sunanda’s death was due to ‘unnatural’ causes.

Speaking to the media in New Delhi, he asserted that in the FBI report, it was said that none of the samples sent to them contained any radioactive material.

According to the AIIMS Panel --headed by Dr Sudhir Gupta, the head of the Department of Forensics -- Pushkar died after being poisoned by Polonimum-210 or Po-210, sources said.

The Delhi Police had submitted a 15-page Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report to AIIMS Medical Board for further opinion.

Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was found dead at the Leela Hotel, New Delhi in January 2014.

Pushkar’s viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February last year after a panel of doctors from AIIMS said that the alleged ‘poison’ could not be detected in Indian labs.

First Published: Jan 16, 2016 13:49 IST