Sunanda Pushkar case: SDM orders police to probe nature of death

Written by | January 22, 2014 | 0

New Delhi Jan, 22: The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), who examined the autopsy report of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, has ordered the Delhi Police to further probe the nature of her death – whether she committed suicide or was she murdered.

Reports on Wednesday said that the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Alok Sharma has also directed the police to find out the cause of poisoning.

The SDM ordered the inquiry, based on the autopsy report, which said the 52-year-old died of poisoning. The autopsy reports also mentioned some ‘minor injury’ on Sunanda’s cheek and possible domestic assault.

However, the doctors at Delhi’s AIIMS who conducted the post-mortem, said that her death was “sudden and unnatural.” The report confirmed that there were injuries on Tharoor’s body, but described them as small and ruled them out as the cause of her death.

“Sunanda’s post-mortem report reveals that she died due to poison. But it will be too early to say before her viscera report if she had consumed poison or the drug consumed by her acted as poison,” Sharma told reporters yesterday.

The magistrate declined to further reveal the contents of the autopsy report, saying it was sealed.

“I have ordered a probe into the death of Sunanda Pushkar as per the findings of her post-mortem report,” he said.

The autopsy also found over a dozen injury marks in the upper extremity of her upper body – on one arm, hand, chin, and neck regions – and interpreted these as “scuffle marks”, according to sources.

The post-mortem examination was conducted by a three-member team of doctors headed by Sudhir K. Gupta.

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