According to sources, the government is planning to handover the high profile mysterious death case to the CBI after some of her family members sought such a move amid no significant headway in the investigations of Delhi Police even after five months.

AIIMS forensic head sticks to stand

Meanwhile, the head of AIIMS' forensic department stuck to his controversial claim that pressure was put on him to manipulate Sunanda’s post mortem report.

A day after the premier health institute denied his claim, Dr Sudhir Gupta said, "I stand by what I said.”

“How do they know there is no pressure on me? Who were they to clarify that there is no pressure on me? What was the hurry to call a press conference?" he said.

Pushkar's report based on principles of medicine: AIIMS forensic head

A day after the AIIMS administration denied Dr Gupta’s allegation that he was pressurised to change Sunanda’s autopsy report, he said the report was based on the principles and ethics of medicine.

"I want to clarify that not only Sunanda Pushkar but all the post-mortem reports prepared by me are based on the principles and ethics of medicine," Dr Gupta told reporters outside his residence here.

"So not only this case but in every case I have prepared all the reports on the basis of the ethics and law," he added.

Delhi Police chief briefs Home Minister

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Wednesday briefed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the new developments in the case.

During the meeting, Bassi is said to have apprised the Home Minister about the findings so far in the inquiry and the steps being taken by the police for its early completion.

Sources said that the Home Minister has asked Bassi to conclude the investigation speedily.

Swamy demands court-monitored probe (READ MORE)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has planned to approach the court for a court-monitored probe in the case.

"I have been saying this from the beginning that she was murdered by a professional gang. There should be proper investigations in this case as there are certain new aspects which have come out and which strongly indicate that she was murdered," Swamy said.

Tharoor demands swift probe to end speculation

Tharoor also issued a statement, saying he had always wanted an expeditious probe.

"Upon the tragic loss of my wife Sunanda and from the very beginning, I have requested for a thorough investigation by the authorities to be conducted and concluded rapidly and transparently,” he said in a statement from Thiruvananthapuram.

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Congress rebuts allegations

The Congress too rebutted the allegations made by Dr Gupta.
"Trigger happy reactions in the midst of sensationalism can do a lot of injustice," party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted.

"AIIMS has said that there are no facts on this allegation," he said in another tweet.

Govt seeks report from AIIMS director (Read More)

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had on Wednesday sought a report from the AIIMS director on the issue.

In a letter to the Health Minister, Dr Gupta alleged that he was pressurised by top officials to show Sunanda’s death as ‘natural’.

Sunanda death case



52-year-old Sunanda (was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.
      
The autopsy report had mentioned more than a dozen injury marks on Sunanda's both hands and an abrasion on her cheek which suggests a ‘use of blunt force’, besides a ‘deep teeth bite’ on the edge of her left palm. Viscera samples were preserved after the autopsy at AIIMS and were sent to CFSL for further tests.
    
The CFSL report hinted at drug poisoning but its findings were not conclusive enough to file an FIR in the case, according to police.

Delhi Police had set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) a few days after the mysterious death to probe the case.

According to Indian law, a death is probed by either the magistrate or the police if it has occurred within seven years of the marriage. Tharoor and Pushkar were married in August 2010.

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