New Delhi : The latest forensic evidence available in the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, is “not conclusive”, the Delhi Police said on Friday. “The forensic report at the moment is not conclusive, our inquest status is pending,” Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi told reporters here.
Pushkar’s latest post-mortem examination report, leaked on Thursday, stated “poisoning” as the cause of her death.
Despite being harried by the media, Tharoor, who was recently named by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be one of the ambassadors of the Clean India campaign, refused to comment on the fresh autopsy report. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, meanwhile, distanced himself from the controversy, saying it was a “medico-legal” case. “It is a medico-legal case. This has nothing to do with the health ministry. It has nothing to do with me, I have no comments to offer,” he said.
Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, however, said that he requires a fresh probe in the case.
The revelation came around 10 days after the post-mortem examination report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory was submitted to Delhi Police by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Pushkar, 52, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in her room at a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17. At the time of her death, Tharoor was minister of state for human resource development in the Manmohan Singh government.
The leaked report said that the AIIMS medical board “had thoroughly pursued the various documents that were submitted to them by the investigating officers along with the post-mortem report and histopathology report of viscera after which it was concluded the cause of Pushkar’s death is poisoning”. “Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine,” it said.
The report also revealed that the medical report reserved comment on the specific poison or chemical responsible since there were a lot of limitations on the viscera report.
The first autopsy report, submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate on January 20, had said that Pushkar had died of “drug overdose”.