Rejecting the charge of Sudhir Gupta, who headed a three-member team that did the post-mortem on the body of Pushkar, who died in mysterious circumstances, the AIIMS administration categorically denies any such allegation that there was any attempt to pressure Sudhir Gupta to change the post mortem report. Tharoor demands swift probe Former union minister Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that there should be a thorough and swift probe to end speculation in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case. Demanding a speedy inquiry for a ‘clear and definitive conclusion’ in the case, Tharoor said that his family has always cooperated with the concerned authorities. (JPN/Agencies)
AIIMS spokespersons Amit Gupta and Neerja Bhatla said there was no evidence that any pressure from outside was put on him (Sudhir Gupta) to alter the autopsy report.
The AIIMS rejection of Sudhir Gupta's claim came a day after reports emerged that he had filed an affidavit before Central Administrative Tribunal in a service matter in which he had levelled the allegation.
Tharoor, forensic doctor will be examined if needed: Police
With a senior AIIMS forensic doctor reportedly alleging that he was pressurised to manipulate Sunanda’s autopsy report, the Delhi Police on Wednesday said it will ‘examine’ him and former union minister Shashi Tharoor if needed.
“Whatever will happen in this case in the future I can't tell you right now but I want you to know that investigation in the case is going on. Whatever is necessary is being done. We will examine Dr Gupta if it will be necessary,” said Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi.
“If it is necessary to take on record the affidavit which apparently has been filed by him before the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) that too will be taken into account,” he added.
Bassi further said, “We will be conducting the enquiries keeping in view the legal position and relevance of the evidence. If it is necessary to examine Tharoor then it will be done.”
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was reportedly briefed by the Delhi Police in the case.
AIIMS rejects forensic doctor’s allegation
Meanwhile, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) rejected the allegation by its Forensic Medicine Department head Dr Sudhir Gupta that he was pressurised to change Sunanda’s post mortem report.
Govt seeks report on forensic doctor’s allegation
The government on Wednesday sought a detailed report from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on the reported allegation by a senior forensic doctor that he was pressurised to manipulate Sunanda’s autopsy report.
“After I became the Health Minister, Dr Sudhir Gupta of AIIMS had written to our department regarding his promotion. But after TV channels yesterday said that he has made a specific allegation, I have written to the AIIMS Director seeking a detailed information in this regard,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
The allegation by Dr Gupta, who heads the Forensic Science Department of AIIMS, has added a new twist to the mystery surrounding the death of 52-year-old Sunanda.
AIIMS doctor refuses to comment, says it’s legal matter
Dr Gupta refused to comment on his reported allegation, saying he has already stated the facts before the ‘competent’ authorities.
“I don’t want to comment on this issue. It is a legal matter, a serious issue. I cannot share it with the media. I am a government servant. Whatever I wanted to say, I have said at a competent place,” he said.
AIIMS doctor pressurized to give false report
Dr Gupta, who was heading the panel which conducted Sunanda’s postmortem, has reportedly alleged that he was pressurised to show that her death was natural which he resisted.
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 the police.
The search and seizure memorandum of the police, which is a part of the report, mentioned finding of mix of two drugs - Alprazolam and Excedrin. Excedrin is a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine while Alprazolam is an anxiolytic.
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 whom she married in 2010.
The probe into the case was handed over to the Crime Branch on January 23. However, the case was transferred back to the South District police two days later on January 25.
No foul play: Sub-Divisional Magistrate
Inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC were initiated in the case according to which a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) inquires into the death of a woman if she dies within seven years of her marriage.
The SDM, who had recorded the statements of Sunanda’s brother, son, Tharoor and his staff, had in a report to the police said that no family member suspected any foul play in the death.
Sunanda’s body was reportedly found by Tharoor at around 8 pm on January 17, when he returned to the hotel after attending the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting.
Rejecting the charge of Sudhir Gupta, who headed a three-member team that did the post-mortem on the body of Pushkar, who died in mysterious circumstances, the AIIMS administration categorically denies any such allegation that there was any attempt to pressure Sudhir Gupta to change the post mortem report.
Tharoor demands swift probe
Former union minister Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that there should be a thorough and swift probe to end speculation in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case.
Demanding a speedy inquiry for a ‘clear and definitive conclusion’ in the case, Tharoor said that his family has always cooperated with the concerned authorities.