Sunanda Pushkar’s death probe gets nowhere, cops wait for forensic report
The Delhi Police on Wednesday asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy to share “whatever proof” he had to support his allegations that union HRD minister’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was murdered.Updated: Feb 27, 2014 11:52 IST
The Delhi Police on Wednesday asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy to share “whatever proof” he had to support his allegations that union HRD minister’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was murdered.
Senior police officers said they were still waiting for Pushkar’s viscera report, a clinching forensic evidence, before “saying anything substantive” themselves.
However, police sources said they were certain that the business woman-cum-socialite’s death was ‘purely accidental’ despite ‘minor, visible’ injuries on her body. “The scene of the crime did not suggest any foul play,” said a senior police officer.
“Further, questioning of her husband, Shashi Tharoor, as well as the that of the couple’s employees has not revealed anything suspicious. So, for us it’s a clear case of accidental suicide,” the officer said.
The Delhi Police was directed to investigate a possible murder angle after a report by a south Delhi sub-divisional magistrate (SDM). Then there was a departmental confrontation between the local police and the elite crime branch in which the latter had refused to take up investigations. For now, the police’s hopes of officially calling the investigation over hinges on an awaited viscera report.
“Collecting and analysing the viscera is a specialised procedure and takes time,” an officer said.
But the same Delhi Police managed to get the viscera report within a few days after Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Tania was killed. The student from the Northeastern state was killed during a confrontation with local shopkeepers in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar.
The viscera report in Tania’s case had been received within a few days after, according to sources, the Delhi Police requested the Union home ministry to get the forensic examination fast-tracked. The accused, already caught in the days following the incident, was swiftly chargesheeted and jailed.
“The difference between both cases was that we already had evidence in the form of a conclusive post-mortem report in the Tania case, which indicated that his death was caused by the injuries he had sustained in the assault,” said an officer.
“We had the viscera report but that was merely an addition to circumstantial evidence. In the Pushkar case,it is solely because of the confusion created by the panel of doctors who carried out the post-mortem that the delay has occurred,” the officer said.
First Published: Feb 27, 2014 11:50 IST