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Delhi Police register murder case in Sunanda Pushkar's death

In a twist to the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP, the Delhi Police registered a murder case on Tuesday after a medical report said the death was unnatural and due to poisoning. The police have, however, not named any suspect.

Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said the conclusions made in a medical report submitted by a panel at AIIMS on December 29 necessitated registration of a murder case.

Mr. Bassi told The Hindu that the report found that the poison was either injected or fed orally. An injection mark on the body made the possibility of it being self-inflicted remote.

Mr. Bassi said that if needed, Mr. Tharoor would be called for questioning, which, sources said, could take place in a day or two.

Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi expressed the hope that the investigation would be “impartial and just, and appropriate action is taken.”

A medical board of AIIMS constituted to conduct the post-mortem examination concluded on September 30 that the death was due to poisoning. The Delhi Police had sought clarifications from the board. The medical team conducted the autopsy along with teams from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory and the police. The evidence collected by the teams was incorporated into the December report based on which a first information report under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code was registered.



Key developments in Sunanda Pushkar's death case
 
AIIMS reserves comment on specific poison

“Listed among the possibility (of poison) is Polonium-210, a rare and highly radioactive isotope, which is hard to detect because all the radiation remains in the body. A lethal dose could be as little as a few milligrams, which could be administered as a powder or dissolved in liquid/drinks,” said the AIIMS report. >Read more…


'Death due to poison'

The final report, prepared by the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences after studying the viscera report, says Sunanda’s death was caused by “poison” and not by an “overdose of Alprax.” This contradicts the preliminary report, which said “Alprax” was detected in the body. >Read more…


Forensic scientist says death was self-induced

Eminent forensic scientist P. Chandrasekharan, who served as the principal scientific investigator in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, said the death of Sunanda Pushkar was “accidental and self-induced” >Read more…

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Shashi Tharoor refuses to comment on the case

Shashi Tharoor refused to comment on the controversy stirred by a senior AIIMS forensic doctor’s allegation that he was pressured to manipulate the post mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar >Read more…


Controversy over post mortem report

AIIMS forensic department head stuck to his controversial claim that he was pressurized to manipulate the post mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar >Read more…


Family sources open up on Sunanda's disposition before her death

Family sources told The Hindu that Sunanda Pushkar was deeply stressed after she dramatically tweeted messages suggesting a romantic relationship between her husband and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. >Read more…



The report, prepared by the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after studying the viscera report, contradicts the preliminary finding that the death was caused by an “overdose of alprax.”



Deaths due to Polonium



In 2013, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death using the very hard to detect poison, namely radioactive polonium, which must have been administered to him along with his daily food, drinks and medication, said the final medical report. >Read here


In 2006, the former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who turned a counter spy and sought asylum in UK, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. It was later shown that he was poisoned by Russian agents who spiked his tea with substantial amounts of Po. >Read here




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