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Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning, claims AIIMS probe team report

Oct 10, 2014 12:20 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The three-member panel of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) report has claimed that traces of poison were found in Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar's body at the time of her death. AIIMS doctors are claiming that the report reaffirms their stand on the report that they gave after Pushkar's death.

AIIMS doctors have also said that police should probe further and seek help from foreign agencies to find out the type of poison found in the body.

Reacting to the report, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said, "I knew it all along this was a foulplay. We need to know who did the foulplay. Shashi tharoor has a lot of explaining to do. why was he in AIIMS on the day of autopsy? Why did he write emails to doctors saying put Alprax as the reason when she never took Alprax. These are all things which need to be explained."

While allegations are being levelled against Tharoor for his role in Sunanda's death, Congress leader Rashid Alvi defended him saying, "Tharoor is not in power so he cannot hide the report. There is no point making such allegations."

Pushkar's relatives, however claim that they are sure that it is not a suicide. "We knew it was a murder, she did not commit suicide," her relative said.

The new report submitted to Delhi Police nine days ago by a three-member panel of doctors who had conducted the autopsy on her, was prepared on the basis of the findings of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) which had examined Sunanda's viscera, sources said.

The viscera report of CFSL in March had hinted at drug poisoning but police considered it as inconclusive. It then asked AIIMS to re-examine the report and give its findings. The three-member team has now submitted the "Subsequent Medical Board Opinion" to the police on September 30.

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 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.

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