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Rebuilding Life After 26/11: A tale of two widows’ grit

On the 7th anniversary of 26/11, iamin interviews survivors of the attacks in Mumbai.

Sunanda Shinde and Karuna Thakur Vagale recount their journey to normalcy after their husbands were shot dead in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
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“Do not come to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). Go back,” were the last words spoken by Bhagan Shinde to his wife Sunanda, 45, before succumbing to bullets in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. However, for Sunanda, it was impossible for her to go back as her train was stuck between the stations of Masjid and CST. On the other hand, Karuna Thakur Vagale, 39, still cannot fathom the price her husband had to pay for giving his killers a glass of water to drink. The night of 26/11 continues to haunt the memories of the two women whose husbands – Bhagan Shinde and Thakur Vagale – ward boys at Gokuldas Tejpal hospital in Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, were victims of the Mumbai carnage. They could not hold back their tears while talking to iamin.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “I still tremble in fear,” says Karuna Thakur Vagale who, even after seven years, is still on anxiety medication. “I act strong to support my family, but the pain I go through every day is unimaginable. I had not come to Mumbai for this,” she said, cursing the city for taking away her husband, a city to which she had come only a few years before the incident from her village Anand in Gujarat. Vagale, who stayed with her husband and in-laws at the government quarter in CST, tearfully recalled the day. “I had gone to Titwala to visit my uncle. An hour before being shot, my husband called me and told me not to return home as it was late. I stayed back, only to see his dead body in the house the next day.” Vagale said that the terrorists had approached her house to ask for water. “My husband, who was in the night shift then, had come home to dine with my son. Terrorists Ismail Khan and Ajmal Kasab approached our house and made some hand gesture, signifying they wanted to drink water. After doing so, they removed their weapon. My son, afraid, ran inside but my husband fell to a bullet. He was shot in the extreme right corner of his stomach. They also shot my mother–in-law. She has recuperated now.” Working as ward women in the same hospital, the two now stay in the quarters provided to them by the government at Pratikshanagar (Sion). Both the families try to cover the house expenses on their meagre salaries, government relief aid. Sunanda, a mother of two, wants her daughter to become a Chartered accountant. “I have realized that poverty can be eliminated only by education. I continue to grieve my husband’s demise nut now I live to see my children well-settled.” These two survivors of a terrible tragedy have learnt to look at life positively. “Such a tragic incident must never happen again. We do not want someone else’s family to get affected,” they remark.This article was first published on iamin.in. For more such hyperlocal stories visit their website.

Shashi Tharoor likely to be questioned again in Sunanda Pushkar case

Sources in Delhi police said court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test on Tharoor was likely to be sought soon as the investigators were trying to take the high-profile case to a logical conclusion.

Shashi Tharoor

Investigators probing the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar may again question her husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and move court soon seeking lie detector test on him even as a long-awaited FBI report of her viscera samples said she died of poison.Sources in Delhi police said court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test on Tharoor was likely to be sought soon as the investigators were trying to take the high-profile case to a logical conclusion. The investigators have so far conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoors’ domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned thrice in the case. 52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a five-star hotel suite on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor. The sources said Tharoor is likely to be questioned again as the eight-page FBI report of Sunanda’s viscera broght to fore certain details crucial to the probe. The police will soon submit the report to court.The report received via e-mail on Tuesday, suggested that Sunanda died of some poison, which they have named, said sources. However, police have so far refused to disclose the type of poison mentioned in the report.Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said the report from the Washington DC-based laboratory of FBI would soon be handed over to a medical board for examination.”The FBI lab had conducted analysis of various substances.And this should give an indication (as to the reason behind her death) once the doctors go through the report,” said Bassi. The report has ruled out the theory of the variant of a radioactive element named Polonium having caused Sunanda’s death, Bassi said, adding that radiation levels in her viscera samples were “within the standard safety norms”. Analysis of the report shall take time and, even after submission in court, it shall only be shared once all the legal issues connected with it have been studied, he said.The viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington DC in February to determine the kind of poison that killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention any specific substance.The police are also expecting a more detailed version of the report in the next few days, said sources. Reacting to the developments, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his opinion that poisoning was the cause of death. He added that the “domain is much more large”, when specifically asked whether Polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, had caused the death.”There are findings that confirm that the death was due to poisoning. We concluded by eliminating the other causes of her death,” Gupta said. In January, police had claimed that Sunanda was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons.Three others — S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru, had also undergone the polygraph test. The police team probing the case has so far questioned at least 15 people. Tharoor, his staff members and close friends were among those questioned by Delhi Police. Sunanda’s son Shiv Menon was quizzed by the SIT on February 5. Police sources had said that Menon was asked about the relationship between Tharoor and Sunanda

Can’t share details of FBI report on Sunanda Pushkar’s death until submission in court: Delhi Police

Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Tuesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report

Sunanda Pushkar

The details of the FBI report that has virtually ruled out ‘polonium poisoning’ as the cause of Sunanda Pushkar’s death cannot be made public before its submission in court, Delhi Police said on Wednesday.”The report cannot be made public at least till the time we send it to the court,” said Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi. Even as the report was reviewed by a panel of the senior- most police officials today, Bassi added that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has been set up to probe the case has not yet been handed over the report for analysis. Analysis of the report shall take time and, even after submission in court, it shall only be shared once all the legal issues connected with it have been studied, the top cop said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Tuesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report. Bassi had said that the report from the Washington D.C.- based laboratory would be soon handed over to a medical board for examination before further action is taken in the case.Sources in police had said that SIT is likely to summon Tharoor again for questioning. They are also likely to seek court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test (lie detector test) on the former Union minister.Investigators have so far conducted polygraph tests on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple. Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned.According to sources, the eight-page FBI report, received via e-mail around nine months after the samples were sent for examination, has named the alleged poison that led to Sunanda’s death two years ago. The viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in February to determine the kind of poison that may have killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention any specific substance.Reacting to the development, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his opinion that poisoning was the cause of death. However, he said that the “domain is much more large”, when specifically asked whether Polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, had caused Pushkar’s death.

Sunanda Pushkar did not die of radioactive poisoning, says FBI report

The reports confirm that no polonium was used in poisoning Pushkar, but also provide the police the name of the poison.

Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Shashi Tharoor

FBI lab reports of Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera sample have ruled death by polonium or any other radioactive substance, reports the Hindu. Reports sent to Indian authorities have hinted that the radioactive substance present in the body had not reached toxic levels, which could have resulted in a fatal consequence.Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi told the Hindu that “some facts related to the case” would be disclosed soon. The reports confirm that no polonium was used in poisoning Pushkar, but also provide the police the name of the poison used, says the Hindu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The name of the poison would now take the Special investigating team, which is probing the alleged murder, to its procurement as well as how it was administered into the body of Sunanda.Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in hotel Leela Palace on January 17, 2014. She along with her husband and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had checked into the hotel a couple of days before her death. The couple had been having major arguments in the days leading to her death. Sunanda had also given an interview to news channels, and exchanged in a Twitter war with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, via her husband’s account.The post mortem report hinted at the presence of isotopes in the body but the nature could not be detected at Indian labs forcing the authorities to send the samples abroad nine months ago.

Gentlemen, beware the femme fatale: The lesson India is learning from the Indrani Mukerjea case

Oh, India has found its ‘Gone Girl’. Apparently Indrani Mukerjea, who now stands accused of murdering her own daughter, is our desi Amy Dunne. Thanks to wall-to-wall newspaper spreads, hashtags and ominous background scores accompanying her story on news television, you’ll have no problem imagining Indrani stumbling out of a car, dripping blood, her dress crumpled and soiled but Vogue-worthy nevertheless.  For example, if you have read this Times of India article – the same one which calls her ‘Gone Girl’ – the picture in your head will be quite defined. It quotes Indrani’s acquaintance describing her as a woman with ‘diabolical eyes’. To make sure that the readers have no doubt about her Satanical qualities, the same article turns her husband Peter Mukerjea into a foil, a man with an “innocent demeanor”.

This story has stopped being about the murder of Sheena Bora long back. It is now about Indrani Mukerjea – attractive, expensively-dressed, sipping cocktails in exotic locations in most photos accessed by the media. Perhaps a murderer. Were you also thinking gold-digger, social climber, Machiavellian? Bingo.

In a Business Standard column imaginatively titled ‘Of ruthless social climbers and Indrani Mukerjea’, Shyamal Majumdar attempts to demystify people ‘who don’t mind leaving more than claw marks on people around them in their march to the top’. He begins by stating that Indrani, named Pori by her parents, had no wealth, or lineage to ever make it to the ‘upper crust’ which in his mind can only be accessed with what we call ‘old money’. He then tells us what helped Indrani gatecrash the sanctum sanctorum of this ‘swish set’ was ‘naked ambition’.

Indrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: FacebookIndrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: Facebook

Indrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: Facebook

In short, beware the ambitious woman. Majumdar has strong advice for the whisky-sipping top executive who might fall headlong into her deadly cleavage. Men, after all, have no capacity for restraint.

“Next time you are in one of those countless cocktail parties, look out for those who come in designer labels from head to toe and start scanning the room for bigger fish even while chatting with you. They will do anything to make sure you know the cool, exclusive, elitist things they are doing,” he warns.

While Majumdar has been straightforward in his warning, most other newspapers have taken the roundabout way to help you feast on the ‘sordid’ past of Indrani Mukerjea and warn you against the deadly attraction of the femme fatale. Almost everyone has carried a ‘family tree’, with three arrows emanating from Indrani’s face and leading to the names and thumbnails of three men.

They in turn, lead to the children they have.

The point of the infographic is very simple – to elicit a ‘OMG, how many men has she had’ gasp. In India, a woman who admittedly has been in relationships with more than one man in her life, has always been subject of much shock, awe and suspicion. In the Indrani Mukherjea case, her love life, her multiple husbands, her Page 3 status are all becoming arrows pointing to the crime she stands accused of.

In India, the femme fatale is supposed to revile, as much she is supposed to fascinate. We raise our eyebrows at the men on her arm and wonder about her antecedents. Remember the time news broke that Shashi Tharoor was set to marry Sunanda Pushkar?

After the country was done asking, “Sunanda, who?”, there were elaborate reports on her earlier marriages. Sunanda was married twice before she married Tharoor. A recurrent theme on almost every report on Sunanda was her previous husbands, especially her first husband who had allegedly committed suicide.

The Indian Express‘ profile of Sunanda Tharoor reads uncannily like the ‘profiles’ of Indrani Mukerjea, tracing her life as Pori Bora in Guwahati.

The city that judges you by the size of your house as well as the size of your diamond never quite noticed her. But now,the most fashionable boutiques want her as a client She had the socialite uniform: blonde streaks,manicured nails and diamonds that glittered in the sun. Yet Dubai’’s high society is only now discovering Sunanda Pushkar,” goes the 2010 article on Sunanda Pushkar.

Pushkar might have had her blonde streaks but what we want to know are whether her roots are showing. The rest of the article has quotes from gossip columnists and socialites, who take turns to establish that Sunanda Pushkar was as nobody that a nobody can get before she got engaged to Tharoor. And they all wonder how did she land Tharoor.

Interestingly, Tharoor too was married twice before he married Sunanda. There was not much snooping about his former wives or the conditions under which those relationships ended. In a country filled with stories of businessmen making it from rags to riches and male politicians who rose to great heights from ordinary backgrounds, that narrative is all about the drive of alpha achievers – successful, charismatic, intelligent. Women, who have negotiated power relations successfully to climb to the top have to have something ‘diabolical’ about them, or “Machiavellian”, who hypnotized powerful men by batting their false eyelashes.

So a Smriti Irani will always have keep defending her position as the HRD minister unlike many of her male colleagues, equally unqualified on paper for their ministries. While Lalit Modi’s murky deals were, and rightly so, never traced back to his gender, a great part of the interest in Niira Radia stemmed from the shock at the idea of a woman playing broker between powerful men, and a hot woman at that. In fact, Vinod Mehta, in an article on Niira Radia, started with a quote from Freud on women.

“Freud impatiently asked, what do women want? And was unable to provide an answer. I often wonder what Niira Radia wanted. I speak of her in the past tense although that may be premature…”

The article quickly goes on to the men who wanted to woo Radia. “She lived in a luxurious farmhouse in Delhi. She had men of a certain age queuing up to woo her. (Niira’s mean-spirited critics accuse her of being our very own Mata Hari.) She bought her wardrobe from Italy. She began with almost nothing and in a few years became rich and famous and awesomely well-connected.

Now read that last sentence again: ‘She began with almost nothing…’. The entire paragraph was building up for the innate shock value of that last sentence – the woman who now buys clothes from Italy, actually began with nothing. That sentence could fit right into an article on Sunanda Pushkar, or Indrani Mukerjea.

In Indrani’s story, a recurring note has been how Indrani headed a sinking media venture INX. “Her soaring popularity, however, didn’t help her channels’ fortunes. Despite high profile launches and exciting media campaigns, her network couldn’t make a dent in the hugely competitive broadcast market,” an article in The Indian Express states. Later in the article, while it is stated that the Mukerjeas were accused of bungling INX’s finances, the rest of the article seems to place the venture’s failure on Indrani’s shoulders. The fact that Peter Mukerjea, himself a mega-successful TV business personality in the past, failed at it too and might have been equally culpable in squandering the money is almost never mentioned. That’s perhaps because it doesn’t fall into the scheme of the story, titled, ‘From Pori Bora to Mrs Indrani Mukerjea: The rise of the femme fatale’.  In that story Peter is just a puppet, dumbly following Indrani’s siren call.

Indrani Mukerjea might have murdered Sheena Bora or she might not have. But what is on trial here is not just her but women like her – too ambitious to be of any good. Indrani Mukerjea is being tried in the media not just for her alleged crime but for her lifestyle.

Delhi HC pulls up Sudhir Gupta for ‘delaying tactics’ on AIIMS plea

During the brief hearing, Gupta who had earlier alleged discrimination after he claimed to have refused to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter, said the way his replacement was being sought by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) was not justified.
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The Delhi High Court on Monday pulled up AIIMS forensic department head Sudhir Kumar Gupta for not serving the copy of his reply to the institute and other parties, observing that he was trying to “delay” the proceedings on a plea seeking his replacement.”Counsel for petitioner (AIIMS) says that he has not received the copy of reply which has been filed by the respondent (Gupta). It has been found that copy of reply was posted at the address of AIIMS, which appears to be a delaying tactics on the part of respondent,” a bench of Justices G S Sistani and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the brief hearing, Gupta who had earlier alleged discrimination after he claimed to have refused to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter, said the way his replacement was being sought by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) was not justified.”Earlier, the convention adopted by the institute in replacing the head of a department was that either the incumbent was unavailable or he or she resigns from the post, only in those cases a new person was appointed,” Gupta’s counsel Senior Advocate Amarendra Sharan said. To this, the bench observed, “you can’t continue to be a head of department forever.” The counsel then alleged that Dr D N Bhardwaj, whose appointment as the new head of the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department is being sought by AIIMS, is not a competent person to hold the post.”He (Bhardwaj) has Parkinson’s disease and he is the person who has left a bullet during an autopsy of victim in a Ponty Chadha case,” Sharan alleged, adding that Bhardwaj does not deserve to be the head of a department.To this, the bench said “may be he has Parkinson’s disease of a very initial stage. This can’t be a ground for not allowing a person to be a head of department.” The bench then posted the matter for September 3. On July 1, the court had sought Gupta’s response on a plea by AIIMS seeking its permission to appoint Bhardwaj as the new head of its forensic department.The application was moved by AIIMS against the backdrop of the court’s March 25 direction asking the institute to take its permission before replacing Gupta. The court order had come on Gupta’s plea challenging a March 4 decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) rejecting his charge that one Dr O P Murty was promoted after purging his seniority, with the purpose of obtaining a “tailor-made report” in the sensational murder case of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor.Gupta had also alleged that AIIMS had illegally purged his seniority with “malafide intention” to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in the autopsy matter. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had also filed an application seeking court’s permission to be heard in the matter. Swamy informed the court that even though the issue related to service matter, the alleged controversy was of public interest and so he wanted to address the court on it.The BJP leader said that Gupta’s decision not to give favourable report in the Pushkar case was correct. In its application, AIIMS had said that Bhardwaj was senior to Gupta by four years and the latter had not challenged the former’s seniority either before CAT or in the high court.Absolving former union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of the charge of any wrong-doing, CAT had said “the email sent by Shashi Tharoor, the then Union Minister, to Dr Rajiv Bhasin, on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr Adarsh Kumar, Member Secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS, do not reveal anything to show that any pressure was put on the applicant to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar’s case.” In his complaint before the tribunal, Gupta had alleged he was asked to prepare tailor-made autopsy report giving clean chit, irrespective of his professional conclusions, after conducting autopsy on Pushkar’s body.The government had denied the allegations before CAT on August 27 last year, stating that the matter regarding Murty’s promotion was referred to the Department of Personnel and Training and he was promoted only after its clarification.

Shashi Tharoor: An uncommon timeline of a one-of-a-kind politician

Shashi Tharoor’s main identity these days is as the two-time Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram. Or else he is in the news thanks to the police investigation into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. But in the immediacy of politics of the day it’s easy to forget that Tharoor had a really unusual journey to the Lok Sabha.

He is neither a career politician nor a political scion. Nor is he a celebrity parachuted into politics. Not very many politicians can boast writing a WWII adventure modeled on Biggles stories as a boy and having it published. On the other hand the man who always excelled as a student has landed himself in many sticky situations as a politician. Here is a timeline of the unusual career of Shashi Tharoor, the MP from Thiruvananthapuram.

The Return of the Native: The extraordinary lives and times of Shashi Tharoor

As politicians go, Shashi Tharoor is one of a kind.

First off, he is that dreaded creature – the NRI. The NRI has always been a creature viewed with suspicion in India. In his book India: From Midnight to the Millennium, Tharoor had joked that real debate was whether NRI stood for ‘Not Really Indian’ or ‘Never Relinquished India’. While an NRI might have been courted for investment in India, or to help lobby for a Indo-US nuclear deal abroad, becoming a Lok Sabha MP after living for years on the other side of the kala pani is quite remarkable.

When in his book The Elephant, The Tiger and the Cellphone, Tharoor re-christened NRIs as the Now Required Indians, he probably didn’t think that requirement would actually be tested at the ballot box. The return of Shashi Tharoor to India, to the hurly burly of Indian politics, after the more rarefied high diplomacy of the UN is a remarkable story that has nothing to do with his personal politics.

Shashi Tharoor has the sort of career trajectory which for a man of his generation usually leads away from India. Excellent student. Debate champion. Quiz club founder. Ph. D at 22. Singing the song Lily the Pink on car rides. In an interview Tharoor readily admitted “I was one of these kids that I am sure other kids had every reason to resent. I was just very good at taking exams.” He was such a good student that St. Stephen’s waived their entrance examination for him. He set himself a goal once of reading 365 books in one year and made his target before Christmas.

His parents, like good Indian parents, fantasized about Shashi the doctor or Shashi the engineer. But he told them he hated science. He even took his IIM examinations to assuage his parents, got in, and then chucked it up to go to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the US.

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Like many Indians who go to America, he too thought he would live there a few years, get his higher education degree and come back. Perhaps take the Indian Foreign Service examination. His grandfather had a dream that he would be the collector of his district. Like many Indians who go to America, it didn’t quite work out that way. A few years stretched to many but unlike many Indians living abroad — many of whom are doctors and engineers — he came back.

Sure, if he had won the post of UN Secretary General the story would have ended differently. But it’s actually remarkable that at a time when NRIs come back and fret and fume about heat, dust and pollution, Tharoor got into the most heated, grimy and polluted sphere of them all – retail politics. A politician who read books, wrote books and made no bones about his erudition is an odd bird in Indian politics where Macaulayputra is a four letter word.

Much like Narendra Modi, Tharoor just can not tone his personality down. In an article in DNA he is described by K C Singh, the bureaucrat who coordinated his campaign as India’s candidate for Secretary General as a “narcissist, totally in love with himself and his image.” But he’s also savvy enough to not wear his narcissism on his sleeve, or rather in pin stripes all over his suit. At a literary meet, a member of the audience launched into a speech about how amazed he was at Tharoor’s ability to answer any question in elaborate complete sentences without pauses and stutters. Tharoor deftly replied that the man had just done what he claimed could not be done – i.e rendered Tharoor speechless.

But there is little, in fact, that can shut Shashi Tharoor up or down.

At a time when the hint of scandal causes a Sushma Swaraj or a Vasundara Raje to clam up and go into radio silence Shashi Tharoor has doggedly kept up a public event media profile even as the Sunanda Pushkar investigation was leaking like a sieve, splashing photographs all over the media. Some found it brazen and proof of a man who was inexorably addicted to the limelight. Others admired his sheer chutzpah and professionalism.

There are plenty of other suave politicians in India. But Tharoor’s gift of the gab, the St. Stephenian debate club’s thrust and parry is both admired and also looked upon with suspicion. In a country where English is both aspirational and a source of great unease and inferiority complex, Tharoor is sometimes too silver-tongued and quickwitted for his own good. The famous “cattle class” quip taught him that in India everything is taken with deathly seriousness and no banter is allowed. Looking back on that Tharoor admitted “My very accessibility to give the media sound bytes became a source of utter opportunity to bring me down.” And after the Sunanda Pushkar case he also realized that his media friendliness was not going to save him from a media lynching either.

His years as an Indian politician have undoubtedly been tumultuous. His return to India had a sort of fairy-tale red carpet feel to it. He waltzed straight into the cabinet, but was soon fired and then later reinstated. He has been embroiled in controversy and scandal almost since the moment he set foot on Indian shores.

As the media here analyzes and reads between the lines of an op-ed to figure out whether Shashi Tharoor moved two inches closer to Narendra Modi or Sonia Gandhi, it’s also easy to forget that he’s had another life where what he did mattered for more on a daily basis than just grist for evening news hot air and gossip.

As the head of the UNHCR office in Singapore during the boat people crisis, Tharoor was directly involved in a critical humanitarian mission of life and death. In an interview for India Currents magazine, Tharoor recalled one family with a baby who were floating on the sea after the engine on their boat died after the Vietnam War. They were out of food and water, subsisting on rain water and hope. “The parents slit their own fingers and got the baby to suck the blood in order to survive,” said Tharoor. When they were rescued by an American ship they were so weak they could hardly stand. “To see that same family a few weeks later, healthy, well-dressed and setting off for a new life in the United States was an extraordinary experience.”

To map the long and winding road of Shashi Tharoor, from a young boy in Mumbai to UNHCR chief to a new life in new India as the two-time (and counting) MP from Thiruvananthapuram, played out in blaring headlines, is no less an extraordinary tale; the great Indian story of a different kind of survivor.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Six undergoes polygraph case

Last month, Delhi Police had approached a city court for permission to carry out polygraph test on Narain Singh, who is domestic help of Sunanda’s husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan.

Six persons including three “prime witnesses” in the Sunanda Pushkar death case were put through lie detector test, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said amid indication that a number of other witnesses may be asked to undergo the examination.”Our investigation is continuing and whatever is required to be done will be done. So far we have carried out polygraph tests on six persons. If there is any requirement we will conduct further tests,” Bassi said. Last month, Delhi Police had approached a city court for permission to carry out polygraph test on Narain Singh, who is domestic help of Sunanda’s husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had later allowed the investigators to conduct the polygraph test on the three suspects with their consent. Three others — S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru, had also undergone the polygraph test.Asked whether investigators were planning to subject Tharoor to polygraph test, Bassi said he would not like to “speculate”.”I would not like to speculate but as and when anything of this sort is required we will let you know. But unnecessary speculation is not advisable,” he told reporters. Tharoor has been questioned thrice in this case. Sunanda was found dead in the hotel suite on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.Investigators said they are trying hard to make breakthrough in the high-profile case and are waiting a report from Federal Bureau of Investigation to know about the kind of poison found in Sunanda’s body. Her viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February after an AIIMS panel concluded that the poison cannot be detected in Indian labs.Bassi said the report of the polygraph test on the witnesses is awaited. Police had accused Singh, Bajrangi and Dewan of concealing “material facts” like a power cut in room no. 345 at Leela Hotel on January 17, 2014 around 7 PM where Pushkar was found dead around 8 PM. In January, police had claimed that Sunanda (51) was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons.

Sunanda case: AIIMS denies pressure on Dr Sudhir Gupta over forensic report

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday said no extraneous pressure was ever put on its forensics department head, Dr Sudhir Gupta, with regard to his medical opinion and dismissed the allegations levelled by him against the institute as ‘baseless’.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday said no extraneous pressure was ever put on its forensics department head, Dr Sudhir Gupta, with regard to his medical opinion and dismissed the allegations levelled by him against the institute as ‘baseless’.”There was no extraneous pressure ever put on Prof Sudhir Gupta with regard to his medical opinion in any case. The allegations levelled against the Institute by Prof Sudhir Gupta in media in this regard arebaseless and denied,” said AIIMS PRO Amit Gupta.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr MC Mishra had earlier filed an affidavit before the Delhi High Court, seeking to relieve Dr. Gupta from his post.Dr. Gupta had been at the center of a controversy after he had claimed that the then-UPA Government at the Centre had put pressure on him to manipulate the post mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife offormer union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

Sunanda case: Emails between AIIMS director and Shashi Tharoor for tailor-made post-mortem report, claims doctor

AIIMS doctor Adarsh Kumar, who conducted the autopsy on Sunanda Pushkar’s body, has alleged that pressure was put on him and other doctors in the forensics department to pass off her death as ‘natural’.

According to Zee News, AIIMS doctor Adarsh Kumar, who conducted the autopsy on Sunanda Pushkar’s body, has alleged that pressure was put on him and other doctors in the forensics department to pass off her death as ‘natural’.Dr Adarsh Kumar, along with Dr Shashank Puniya, was part of the team headed by HOD of forensics department Dr Sudhir K Gupta which conducted autopsy on the 52-year-old, a day after she was found dead in Hotel Leela Palace on January 17 last year. Dr Kumar was member secretary of the medical board that oversaw the autopsy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the final autopsy submitted to the Delhi Police in September last year, the team had claimed that Sunanda’s death occured due to poisoning.Dr Kumar made the allegations in a letter to Union Health Minister JP Nadda, adding that the team had not succumbed to pressure.The senior doctor also alleged that AIIMS director Dr MC Mishra had been uncooperative with the forensic department.Dr Sudhir Gupta echoed similar views. “Dr MC Mishra is not cooperating with me as well as with my department since the autopsy report of Sunanda Pushkar last year.”Dr Gupta too had written a letter to Nadda in which he alleged that Dr MC Mishra had put pressure on him to submit a “tailor-made autopsy report” in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case.”I was asked by Dr MC Mishra to give a post mortem report of late Sunanda Pushkar as natural death, which was contrary to the findings. There are certain emails between Director AIIMS and Sashi Tharoor for making tailor-made post mortem report. But I did not succumb to the pressure and given the factual report as an upright official,” he wrote.Dr Gupta had earlier approached the Central Administrative Tribunal alleging that AIIMS had illegally purged his seniority with “malafide intention” and one Dr OP Murty was promoted to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda case.When the CAT rejected his charge, Dr Gupta approached the Delhi High Court for relief. The HC asked the Institute not to replace him without its permission. Subsequently, AIIMS has asked for such permission on Tuesday. AIIMS director Dr MC Mishra has filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court seeking removal of Dr Gupta as head of the forensics department.

Sunanda case: AIIMS seeks Delhi HC permission to replace forensic head Sudhir Kumar Gupta

AIIMS has moved Delhi High Court seeking permission to replace its forensic department head Sudhir Kumar Gupta, who has alleged discrimination after he claimed to have refused to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter.

AIIMS has moved Delhi High Court seeking permission to replace its forensic department head Sudhir Kumar Gupta, who has alleged discrimination after he claimed to have refused to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter.All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has sought the court’s permission to appoint Dr DN Bhardwaj as the new head of its Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department. The court is slated to hear the matter on July 23.The application has been moved against the backdrop of the court’s March 25 direction by which it had asked the Institute to take its permission before replacing Gupta.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court’s March 25 order had come on Gupta’s plea challenging a March 4 decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) rejecting his charge that one Dr OP Murty was promoted after purging his seniority, with the purpose of obtaining a “tailor-made report” in the sensational murder case of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor.He also alleged that AIIMS had illegally purged his seniority with “malafide intention” to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in the autopsy matter.In its application, AIIMS said that Bhardwaj was senior to Gupta by four years and that Gupta had not challenged the former’s seniority either before CAT or in the high court.Absolving former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of the charge of any wrong-doing, CAT had said, “the email sent by Shashi Tharoor, the then Union Minister, to Dr Rajiv Bhasin, on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr Adarsh Kumar, Member Secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS do not reveal anything to show that any pressure was put on the applicant to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar’s case.” In his complaint before the tribunal, Gupta had claimed he was asked to prepare tailor-made autopsy report giving clean chit, irrespective of his professional conclusions, after conducting autopsy on Pushkar’s body.The government had denied the allegations before CAT on August 27 last year, stating that the matter regarding Murty’s promotion was referred to the Department of Personnel and Training and he was promoted only after its clarification.Gupta’s plea has also alleged that Murty had “started creating difficulty in the routine functioning of Gupta as HoD, claiming seniority illegally conferred upon him.” He has contended that the CAT findings were “illegal and contrary to the law and facts and circumstances of the present case”.

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Delhi Police to receive FBI’s viscera report within a month

New Delhi: Delhi Police are expecting to get former union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera report from US-based Federal Bureau of Investigation in the next 15 to 30 days, which is likely to throw light on the kind of poison that caused her death as concluded by AIIMS panel of doctors.

Police Commissioner BS Bassi said the polygraph test on three key witnesses in the case will be conducted in the next seven to ten days.

Sunanda Pushkar in a file photo. PTISunanda Pushkar in a file photo. PTI

Sunanda Pushkar in a file photo. PTI

The investigators hoped both the viscera report and polygraph test will give a direction to the probe into the high-profile case.

Sunanda’s viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February to determine the type of poison that is suspected to have caused her death. An AIIMS medical board had identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention the type of the poison.

They had listed some kind of poisons most of which were radioactive isotopes that cannot be detected by labs in India.

Highly-placed sources said that the final viscera report is expected in the next 15 to 30 days.

Bassi rubbished media reports that the viscera report has been received.

“Certain media reports that we have received Sunanda’s viscera sample from FBI are baseless. FBI is aware of our need. There is a laid down procedure and guidelines which are followed in such cases before which the findings cannot be reached upon. We are still waiting for the report,” he told reporters.

Asked when the police would conduct the polygraph test on three witnesses, Bassi said that they have asked experts to give them a date and they hope to get it done in a week or ten days.

When questioned whether police will move court for polygraph test on other witnesses including Shashi Tharoor, Bassi said that he would not like to “speculate” on the issue. Tharoor has been questioned thrice in this case so far.

Sunanda was found dead in a five-star hotel suite here on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

Three suspects in Sunanda Pushkar murder case, two of them employed by Tharoor and the third, a friend, will undergo lie detector test after a Delhi court had on May 20 allowed investigators to conduct it following their consent.

Police have accused the three of concealing “material facts” like a power cut in room no. 345 at Leela Hotel on January 17, 2014 around 7 PM where Sunanda was found dead around 8 PM.

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Sunanda Pushkar death: The police expect polygraph tests to open a Pandora’s Box

New Delhi: Who killed Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar?

The police do not have a categorical answer to the question even a year after the mysterious incident that took place in a five star hotel here. But they hope to make a significant breakthrough in the high-profile case following the polygraph test to be conducted on three prime witnesses – the Tharoors’ driver Bajrangi, domestic help Narain Singh and family friend Sanjay Dewan.

While seeking permission on Wednesday to subject the trio to the lie-detection test, the Special Investigation Team of the city police told a Delhi court that three suspects did not disclose “material facts” during questioning. After listening both sides, Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma asked investigators to go ahead.

The police, say the sources close to the development, expect them to open a Pandora Box. “All of them have already been questioned more than once. But there are contradictions in the statements made by Tharoor and the one by others. Narain and Bajrangi were asked to disclose how the injury marks appeared on the body, why there was power cut in the room where the body was found, why a press conference was to be held on January 17. But they were tight-lipped,” they told Firstpost.

According to the FIR filed on 1 January 2015 at Sarojni Nagar police station following a final report that declared she died of poisoning submitted to the police on 29 December 2014 by an AIIMS autopsy board comprising three doctors, there were 15 injury marks on Sunanda’s body, which were “caused by blunt force, simple in nature, none contributing to death and produced in a scuffle, except injury number 10 which was an injection mark. Injury number 12 was a teeth bite mark. The injuries number 1 to 10 was of various duration ranging from 12 hours to 4 days”.

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI/File imageSunanda Pushkar. PTI/File image

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI/File image

Sunanda (51) was found dead in room number 345 at Hotel Leela Palace at around 8:30 pm on January 17 last year, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on micro-blogging website Twitter over her alleged affair with Tharoor.

The sources further said Sanjay Dewan, who is consul general of the Republic of Cape Verde, had to leave for Mumbai but he cancelled the trip and came to the hotel. “Why did he do that? He did not even mention it during interrogation,” they said adding that he was the person who had called the doctor who declared Sunanda dead.

There are reports that he learnt that Sunanda was not well and therefore, he cancelled the Mumbai tour and came to the hotel to meet her.

“Dewan also did not disclose why a cardiologist (Dr Rajat Mohan) was called to the hospital, why she was not rushed to the hospital or the doctor available in the hotel was called,” the sources added.

The sources further said Tharoor’s personal assistant Rakesh Kumar had bought Alprax (an anti-anxiety drug) for Sunanda. “But he did not say anything about it in his police interrogation after the death,” they added. But he is not being subjected to lie-detection test.

Two used Alprax strips (15 tablets in each strip) were recovered from the crime scene. However, the viscera report does not mention it. Was it done to misguide the probe?

“It might be. The SIT is proving the case at various angles. There are several dots, which need to be connected to reach a logical conclusion and bring the culprits brought to book. All aspects of the case are being examined with extreme care. The picture will be clearer after the polygraph test of the three and final viscera report,” said one of them.

The viscera sample has already been sent to FBI labs in the United States in February. DCP (South) Prem Nath had gone there to deliver the sample after AIIMS doctors had concluded that Sunanda died of poisoning but did not identify which poison caused the death because, they said, Indian labs lacked facility to identify the poison.

“Once the poison is identified, the investigators would be able to find out how it reached her body,” he added.

The SIT is also probing foreign angle in the case. “Three persons stayed in the hotel for five days from 13 to 18 January last year using fake passports. As the information available with us, they were foreign nationals. Their involvement cannot be ruled out as well. It is extremely important for us to probe every possible angle so that we can reach a conclusion,” a source had earlier told Firstpost.

Notably, Sunanda too had tweeted before her death, “This is a Pakistani woman (referring to Mehr Trar) who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband,” Pushkar had said before her death.

The doctors had mentioned Polonium-210, a radioactive substance – which is not so easy to be procured by a common man, as one probable toxic materials used in the murder. It strengthens the theory of involvement of well-connected people.

The investigators are also probing if the murder was carried out because of financial reasons and had anything to do with her high profile handling of IPL teams.

“We are probing if she was killed due to financial reasons, including her various properties in India and abroad. We are also trying to find out whether the murder has any link with IPL,” a member of the SIT had said.

Shashi Tharoor calls reporters ‘scum’, later says it was directed only at one channel

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lost his cool on Wednesday when he was repeatedly asked questions regarding the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, and called media reporters ‘self appointed liars and scum’.

Shashi Tharoor. PTI/File imageShashi Tharoor. PTI/File image

Shashi Tharoor. PTI/File image

“I speak to the police, not to self appointed liars and scum,” said Tharoor when a reporter repeatedly asked him to comment on the ongoing case.

The incident comes after a court allowed the police to carry out lie-detector tests on three aides in connection with Pushkar’s death.

Later, Tharoor took to Twitter to further criticize the reporter.

But on Thursday morning, Tharoor took to the social media site again to clarify that his comments were directed only to one channel and not towards the media in general.

Sunanda Pushkar death: Delhi police receives report on content of mobile phones, laptops

New Delhi: Delhi Police has received a report from Gandhinagar-based Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) which was tasked to check the contents of Sunanda Pushkar’s laptops and mobile phones and it is being analysed in detail to see if anything was deleted from the gadgets to destroy evidence.

With the DFS report having come, Delhi Police’s SIT that is probing the mysterious death of Pushkar, wife of senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, will again press Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry to share data related to her social media accounts and the people with whom she was in contact over them.

Sunanda Pushkar. PTISunanda Pushkar. PTI

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

On 20 January, the Delhi Police had handed over two laptops and four mobile phones to Gujarat DFS to retrieve the data.

“We had sent certain equipment for retrieval of data from the forensic science lab, they have retrieved the data and sent the equipment and a detailed report back to us. It is being examined. After its examination, if something of interest comes up, if we need to clarify it from any person that obviously will be done. If it doesn’t, than of course that may not be done,” Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi told reporters here today.

“One week back we had received these equipment and reports, now we are analyzing the data. It is volumes of data and it will take time to analyse it,” he added.

The Special Investigating Team(SIT) has not received the desired information sought so far from social media giants like Twitter and Facebook among others.

“We will ask Twitter, FB and Blackberry to expedite the process and provide us the information that we had sought from them. We will analyse the deleted information and see whather it was deleted as a routine process or it was done with a malafide intention,” said Bassi.

Delhi Police is also waiting for US’ FBI to send their report on the kind of poison which caused Pushkar’s death.

Investigators had sent the viscera samples to the US after AIIMS doctors had said that Indian labs lacked facility to identify the poison which caused her death.

The cause of death, termed “poisoning” by a panel of AIIMS doctors, has remained the biggest mystery of the case as they could not specify the kind of poison and the way it reached Pushkar’s body.

A day before Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel here in January last year, she apparently had a spat with Tarar on microblogging website Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

Tharoor was questioned by the investigators thrice last month that was focused on the IPL controversy, which broke in early 2010 when he was the Minister of State for External Affairs.

52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 last year.

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Sunanda Pushkar death: SIT waiting for FBI report, says Delhi Police chief BS Bassi

New Delhi: Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday said that they are waiting for the FBI to send their report on the kind of poison which caused Sunanda Pushkar’s death, while junked reports that they have approached Pakistan High Commission to question journalist Mehr Tarar in this connection.

Sources said that police will decide its next step after it gets the final report from the American investigative body.

Sunanda Pushkar. PTISunanda Pushkar. PTI

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

DCP (South) Prem Nath had gone to the US last month to deliver the sample of Sunanda’s viscera to the FBI labs.

Investigators had sent the viscera samples there after AIIMS doctors had said that Indian labs lacked facility to identify the poison which caused her death.

The cause of death, termed “poisoning” by a panel of AIIMS doctors has remained the biggest mystery of the case as they could not specify the kind of poison and the way it reached Sunanda’s body.

“The Special Investigating Team (SIT) which is probing the case is waiting for FBI’s report in the case. A considerable amount of investigation has been completed in this case,” Bassi told reporters here today.

Questioned about reports suggesting that the Delhi Police has contacted Pakistan High Commission regarding Pakistan journalist Tarar’s questioning, Bassi said, “We haven’t established any contact with the Pakistan High Commission regarding the questioning of Mehr Tarar, these reports are untrue.”

As far as examining of Tarar is concerned, it will be done if required, he added.

Bassi had on March 12 said Tarar was a “relevant link” in the case and the SIT probing Sunanda’s death may question her soon.

A day before the former Congress Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife was found dead in a luxury hotel here in January last year, she had a spat with Tarar on microblogging website Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

On her part, Tarar had said that she was ready to answer questions if it would help the police piece together the sequence of events.

The police chief also said investigators have also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US to complete examination of Sunanda’s viscera as soon as possible.

Tharoor was questioned by the investigators for three times last month which was focused on the IPL controversy, which broke in early 2010 when he was the Minister of State for External Affairs.

52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 last year.

There were allegations that Tharoor “misused” his office to ensure that Rs 70 crore, equivalent to a 19 per cent stake in IPL Kochi franchise Rendezvous Sports, was paid to Sunanda, a charge denied by him.

Tharoor had submitted to the SIT last month some computer data — which included emails and other information in digital form — pertaining to the communication he had had with various individuals and authorities before and after the mysterious death of Sunanda.

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Sunanda death case: Delhi Police may quiz Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar

52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Tarar on microblogging website Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

Delhi Police investigating the Sunanda Pushkar death case on Friday said it may question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over whom she fought with her husband Shashi Tharoor before her death last year.Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said Tarar may be questioned, if required, as she may throw light in the case.”If required, we will speak to her as she is a relevant person who can throw light in the case. Our efforts will be to talk to her,” Bassi said when asked whether the SIT probing the case will examine her.Sources in the police said that a formal request may be sent to her through “official channels” to join the investigations.
Tarar had two months back said that she was ready to answer any question on the issue.”If they want to ask me anything…If they want to ask me any question whatsoever that they think…I can answer,” 46-year-old Tarar had said a day after Delhi Police had registered a murder case into Sunanda’s death.52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Tarar on microblogging website Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.
Tharoor was questioned by the investigators last month.Bassi said investigators have also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US to complete examination of Sunanda’s viscera as soon as possible.A senior police official had gone to the US to give the sample of Sunanda’s viscera to the FBI.The investigators want to confirm the kind of poison which was found in Sunanda’s body by a panel of doctors of AIIMS.The AIIMS report could not find out the kind of poison in her body.
“We had told them (FBI) to do it as early as possible.They follow certain procedures and processes. So it may take some time,” Bassi said.He said, if required, Tharoor will “definitely” be called for questioning again.He said the certain gadgets obtained by the investigators are also being examined.

Tharoor did not influence Sunanda Pushkar’s autopsy, says CAT

New Delhi: Former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has been absolved by the Central Administrative Tribunal of the charge of putting pressure on AIIMS doctor to submit a “tailor-made autopsy report” in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. ReutersCongress leader Shashi Tharoor. Reuters

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Reuters

A CAT bench comprising members Raj Vir Sharma and Ashok Kumar dismissed the plea of Sudhir Kumar Gupta, Head of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, alleging that AIIMS had illegally purged his seniority with “malafide intention” to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter.

“The email sent by Shashi Tharoor, the then Union Minister, to Dr Rajiv Bhasin, on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr Adarsh Kumar, Member Secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS do not reveal anything to show that any pressure was put on the applicant to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar’s case,” the panel said.

The CAT, in its order, rejected Gupta’s claim that one OP Murty, also a doctor, was promoted after purging his seniority with the purpose to obtain a tailor-made report in the case.

“The decision having already been taken by the Governing Body on January 16, 2012 and April 14, 2012 to promote respondent no 3 (Murty) to the grade of Professor w.e.f. July 1, 2009, it cannot be said that the postmortem/autopsy of the dead body of late Sunanda Pushkar, who died on January 17, 2014, has any nexus with the process of consideration of respondent no 3’s case for promotion…

“Therefore, the malice attributed by the applicant to the then President and Director of AIIMS is baseless,” the tribunal said.

In his complaint before the tribunal, Gupta had claimed that he was asked to prepare tailor-made autopsy report giving clean chit, irrespective of his professional conclusions, after conducting autopsy of late Sunanda Pushkar.

The Centre, however, had denied the allegations on 27 August 2014, stating that the matter regarding promotion of Murty was referred to the Department of Personnel & Training and he was promoted only after its clarification.

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Sunanda Pushkar murder case: Media is spreading lies about me, says Shashi Tharoor

Thiruvanathapuram: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday vent his anger at the media, alleging that “concocted” stories and “lies” about him were being put out in connection with the investigation into his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. AFPCongress MP Shashi Tharoor. AFP

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. AFP

“Revolted by the lies in the media about me, esp on Kerala channels. Stories are concocted; attributed to police sources without any basis,” the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram said in a series of tweets.

There were reports that the New Delhi police had warned Tharoor for not giving appropriate answers to the several questions asked by the special investigation team.

“If there is such an issue, they would have informed me first rather than going to media. All such reports are totally baseless as I am fully cooperating with the investigation,” Tharoor had said earlier insisting that he was fully cooperating in the probe.

Tharoor had reportedly reached Thiruvananthapuram on Friday for a five-day programme in his home constituency after taking special permission from the SIT for travelling outside New Delhi.

The police had informed that he should not go outside Delhi without permission.

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Sunanda Pushkar death case: Son Shiv Menon fails to turn up for questioning

The Special Investigation Team of the Delhi Police probing the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar has, over the last month, questioned those known to be close to her. Pushkar’s husband Shashi Tharoor, her friends Nalini Singh and Amar Singh have turned up for questioning but her son Shiv Pushkar Menon, who was to be questioned on Monday, failed to turn up.

As this report in Hindustan Times states, “Menon, who was served a notice by the SIT about four days ago, did not show up on Monday morning, despite confirming his availability for questioning.”

Sunanda Pushkar in a file photo. PTI

Menon, who is Pushkar’s son from her previous marriage lives abroad and was called for questioning on 29 January.

Even as the police remained mum on why he had not arrived in Delhi, The Hindustan Times reports that “Menon was asked to reach the Anti Auto Theft Squad (where the SIT has set-up office) by 10 am. But he did not turn up and the SIT members waited for him till late in the night.”

The officials were supposed to question Menon on whether he was told anything by Pushkar before her death.

A team of Delhi Police probing the murder has already questioned at least 15 people in connection with the case.

Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh was questioned on 29 January.

Singh had told the media that Pushkar was depressed over the IPL fiasco which led to the removal of the Kerala franchise in which she had considerable sweat equity. He added that she had broken down and wanted to reveal information about the IPL controversy to him. But it has not been established that the IPL controversy had anything to do with her death.

Pushkar was found dead in a luxury Delhi hotel room on 17 January, 2014. A murder case was registered by police against unknown people on 1 January this year.

With IANS inputs

Sunanda Pushkar case: Tharoor turned emotional at times during four hour long grilling

Shashi Tharoor was intensely questioned tonight for about four hours by a special team of Delhi Police on the circumstances leading to the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar a year back and her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over her links with the Congress MP.Tharoor’s questioning, which started around 8 PM ended around midnight. He left in his vehicle without responding to questions from waiting media. Police too refused to divulge any details of what transpired during the questioning. Police sources said that this was the first round of questioning and Tharoor may be called again. However, sources said that the former Union minister was asked about the 15 injuries on her body, especially injury number ten which was an injection mark as the medical report has indicated that the poison which caused her death could have either been taken orally or injected.He was also asked about the reason of the tiff the couple had on the flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Delhi on January 15 following which she left him at the airport and checked in at Leela Hotel. Tharoor was asked whether Sunanda was suffering from any disease and the kind of medication she was taking. He was quizzed about the empty Alprax tablets which were found in the hotel room and who used to consume it as the viscera tests were found negative for it. He was queried whether she was suffering from Lupus (a kind of skin disorder) as was speculated.A visibly glum Tharoor faced searching questions nearly three weeks after a case of murder was registered on the basis of a medical report that concluded that she died of poisoning. This is for the first time Tharoor has been questioned on death of 52-year-old Sunanda by the police. He was earlier examined by the SDM who was carrying out an inquest proceeding in the case. She was found dead at a luxury hotel on January 17 last year.A five-member Special Investigation team comprises DCP(South) Prem Nath, Additional DCP PS Kushwah besides three officers.Tharoor, donning a blue shirt and a black jacket, reached the office of Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar area. Tharoor was issued a notice by SIT to join the investigation. The Congress MP had a meeting with his lawyers at his residence in Lodhi Estate before proceeding to SIT’s temporary office which has been heavily barricaded to keep a waiting media at bay. The sources said that Tharoor got emotional at times as he faced a volley of questions from the SIT.The former Union minister was also quizzed about another woman who his domestic help Narayan named in frequent tiffs between the couple. Tharoor was asked about the last time he saw Sunanda alive and the happenings on the night of January 17 when he first found her dead at the hotel suite. Among the questions he faced was at what time he left the AICC venue for the hotel and what did he do when there was no response to his calls to Sunanda during the day.He was also asked when was the time fissures started to appear between him and Sunanda and what were the reasons for it. He was asked about his visit to Dubai and his alleged meeting with Mehr Tarar there.He was asked whether he had had any scuffle with Sunanda on the intervening night of January 16 and 17 which had led to the injury marks on her body and the broken glass pieces in the room.Police wanted him to list out the people who had met them at the hotel and why they had called doctors to the hotel room instead of rushing her to a nearby hospital when they had found that “something has happened to her”.Sources said that police will tally his version today with what he gave to the SDM last year to see whether there are any discrepancies. Sunanda was found dead in her suite at Leela Palace hotel on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Mehr Tarar on micro-blogging website twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor. Some of those questioned in the case so far include Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, family friend Sanjay Dewan, the hotel doctor who pronounced her dead and hotel staff including its manager. Sources said that police will also question in a day or two a woman journalist with whom Sunanda had spoken before her death and Tharoor’s PS Abhinav Kumar who had informed the then SHO of Sarojini Nagar police station about the death.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Police says no plans as of now to quizz Tharoor; may question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday returned to the national capital, saying it is his duty to cooperate in the investigation into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar even as Delhi Police said it will not question him as of now.”It is my duty to cooperate with the police investigation and not to undermine the probe in any way,” said Tharoor while heading back to Delhi on a flight from Kochi after a fortnight-long stay for Ayurveda treatment at Guruvayur.A senior Delhi Police official said they were not going to question Tharoor for now as they want to first examine all other people related to the case and look into the available evidence.”As of now we have no business with him. We would like to question his aides and others including the hotel staff. We would like to collate all the available material relevant to the case and then take a decision on the issue of examining him (Tharoor),” he said.However, according to reports, the Delhi police are soon likely to question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.Another official associated with the probe said that in a couple of days, they will move “letter rogatory” in a local court under sections of CrPC for sending viscera samples to a foreign lab in the US or UK to determine the nature and quantity of the poison which caused her death.”A letter rogatory or a letter of request is a formal request from a court to a foreign court for some type of judicial assistance. The Indian court will request the court of the country where the viscera has to be tested to get it tested in their lab. After tests, the lab will send the report to their court which would be routed to our court,” he said.Meanwhile, Congress MP Sashi Tharoor on Sunday (January 11) met Ahmad Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, during which the issue of Delhi Police filing a murder case in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death was briefly discussed.Highly placed sources in the party said that Tharoor had sought an appointment with Patel two days ago.While the issue of registration of a murder case in Sunanda’s death came up for discussion briefly, the two leaders also discussed prevailing political scenario and recent developments in Kerala, from where Tharoor is elected to Lok Sabha.There is little likelihood of any meeting of Tharoor with Sonia or Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in days to come, the sources said, adding nothing has been decided on further course of action against Tharoor vis-a-vis party affairs so far.Party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi had two days ago said that there should be no discrimination either in someone’s favour or against in the investigation.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Shashi Tharoor returns to Delhi as probe picks up

As the probe into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar picks up momentum, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday returned to the capital and asserted it was his duty to cooperate in the investigation.”It is my duty to cooperate with the police investigation and not to undermine the probe in any way,” said Tharoor while returning on a flight from Kochi after a fortnight long stay for Ayurveda treatment at Guruvayur. After arriving at IGI airport here, he did not speak to mediapersons present there, and went straight to his house in Lodhi Estate in central Delhi. Policemen have been deployed outside the gates of his residence to avoid any untoward incident, police said.Senior Delhi police officials had on Saturday said that they were not going to question Tharoor for now as they first want to examine all other people related to the case and look into the available evidence. Investigators had also said that they had not come across any IPL cricket league angle in the case so far in the wake of some media reports suggesting it. Pushkar was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17 last, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on microblogging site twitter over an alleged affair with Tharoor.Initially, the Special Investigative Team formed in the case wanted to question Tharoor straight away and a notice asking him to join the probe was also prepared but it was not dispatched at the last moment as the police top brass decided to question everybody else before examining him. Tharoor said he will extend full cooperation in a “fair” investigation and demanded a professional police probe without any political pressure or consideration and pre-determined outcome. Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered a case of murder in connection with Sunanda’s death under Section 302 of IPC on the basis of an AIIMS medical report that concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning.

Sunanda Pushkar death case not related to Congress party: PC Chacko

Senior Congress leader PC Chacko on Sunday said that the death case of former union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was his personal matter and added that the party had nothing to do with it. “Shashi Tharoor is ready to cooperate with the police on the case. If the enquiry is delayed, we are not responsible. This case is related to Tharoor only, not the Congress party. It’s purely a personal matter,” said Chacko. Earlier on Saturday, Tharoor avoided commenting on the case, saying all questions related to the incident must be asked from the police. Tharoor had earlier on Friday said he hoped the Delhi Police could speedily solve the death case of his wife and had added that he would not compromise police proceedings by engaging in public debates. Tharoor also called for the police investigation to be fair and without any political considerations. Stating that he did not expect his wife’s demise to be a result of murder, Tharoor said that he has pledged his support to the Delhi Police to solve the mystery. Sunanda, who married Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death on January 17, 2014. Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because of renovation work at his Delhi bungalow. The Delhi Police on Tuesday stated that a case under IPC Section 302 has been registered with regard to her death, adding that medical reports have indicated that her demise was due to poisoning. Prior to her death, Sunanda was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.

‘I have nothing more to say’: Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor said he did not have anything more to add to what he had stated in public about the case at Guruvayur.

A day after he expressed concern over the way the police was probing the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said he did not have anything more to add to what he had stated in public about the case at Guruvayur.Tharoor, who was visiting the Biennale venue at Aspinwall at nearby Fort Kochi, was asked by reporters about the murder case registered by police in connection with the death of Sunanda on January 17 last year.”It is pointless for you to waste your time on other matters. I said very clearly what I said in Guruvayur yesterday. I have nothing more to add and you are not going to get me to add anything more,” Tharoor said.Taking a dig at the media, he said he was greatly pleased to see the interest of media in art. As the media persisted, he said, “Please ask the police any questions you want to ask and if you all believe you know a murderer, please go and convey the details to police. I have nothing more to say. Please ask the police,” he said.Tharoor, who had visited the biennale’s first edition two years ago, said he had always planned to visit the art extravaganza this time also. “It is the only biennale of its kind in India and I had always planned to come here. I am really here for that,” he added.Days after the Delhi Police filed a case of murder in his wife’s mysterious death, the former Union Minister, who completed a two-week Ayurveda treatment near Guruvayur, told the media in the temple town on Firday that he will extend full cooperation in a “fair” investigation and demanded a professional police probe without any political pressure or consideration and pre-determined outcome. Related Read: No political pressure should influence probe, says Shashi Tharoor

I have nothing more to say, says Shashi Tharoor on Sunanda death case

Shashi Tharoor during his press address on Friday
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Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Saturday avoided commenting on the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, saying all questions related to the incident must be asked from the police. “It is pointless for you to waste your time on other matters. I said very clearly in Guruvayoor on Friday. I have nothing more to add and you are not going to get me add anything more. Please ask the police any questions you want to ask,” Tharoor said. “And, if you all believe you know the murderer, please go and convey the details to the police. I have nothing more to say. Please ask the police,” he added. Tharoor had earlier on Friday said he hopes the Delhi Police can speedily solve the death case of his wife, adding that he will not compromise police proceedings by engaging in public debates. Tharoor also called for the police investigation to be fair and without any political considerations. “I think it is very important that a matter like this which is the object of so much public attention and so much public controversy, for most part misinformation, distortion and even outright lies, be done professionally without any political pressure or consideration,” he said. Stating that he did not expect his wife’s demise to be a result of murder, Tharoor said that he has pledged his support to the Delhi Police to solve the mystery. Sunanda, who married Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death on January 17, 2014. Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because of renovation work at his Delhi bungalow. The Delhi Police on Tuesday stated that a case under IPC Section 302 has been registered with regard to her death, adding that medical reports have indicated that her demise was due to poisoning. Prior to her death, Sunanda was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband. Also Read: Shashi Tharoor knows who killed his wife, alleges Subramanian Swamy

Sunanda Pushkar case: Delhi Police plans to question Mehr Tarar

Delhi Police, which has registered a case of murder in the death of Sunanda Pushkar, is planning to question Mehr Tarar, the Pakistani journalist over whom she fought with her husband Shashi Tharoor before her mysterious death last year.A questionnaire is being prepared which will be sent to her via email and replies will be sought, police sources associated with the investigation said on Friday. Tarar, who had met Congress MP Tharoor sometime before Sunanda’s death, had already said publicly that she is ready to answer all questions in this connection. Meanwhile, Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh told investigators that the couple had been fighting over another woman besides Tarar days before her death, the sources said.Usually after such fights, Sunanda used to go to a family friend’s place, who has been identified by Singh as one Sanjay. He has also mentioned about another person Sunil Trakru, said a senior police official associated with the probe. The sources said police had a month back questioned Trakru, a family friend of the couple, who had met Sunanda on January 15, two days before her death. They said it was Trakru who had received Sunanda at the airport on January 15 on her return from Thiruvananthapuram and had brought her to Leela Palace hotel where she was found dead on Janaury 17. He had met both Tharoor and Sunanda in the hotel the next day.Trakru has told police that Sunanda was frail and weak when he last met her. Singh is believed have told investigators that Sunanda wanted to hold a press conference over something before her death. The SIT also visited the hotel today and spent around two hours. The investigators questioned the hotel staff and also checked the hotel room once again. The staff was specifically asked whether anyone had seen or recovered any syringe or an injection vial from the room. The question was made as the medical report had mentioned ‘injury no. 10’, an apparent injection mark through which the poison could have been administered.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help quizzed by SIT

The Special Investigating Team probing death of Sunanda Pushkar on Thursday interrogated her husband Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help on specific details such as people who met her during the 48 hours prior to her death and the injury marks on her body.The domestic help, Narayan Singh, who was in Himachal Pradesh, came here this morning after investigators asked him last night to join the high-profile probe. His interrogattion started around noon and it continued till late in the evening at an undisclosed location in South Delhi. He was interrogated by police at least twice earlier. Asked whether Tharoor is a suspect, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi did not give a direct reply saying, “As far as we are concerned anything and everything is possible.” “Once we complete our investigation, we will definitely be able to tell you,” he added.Sources said Singh was asked about details of the people with whom she was apparently in touch on email and different social media including twitter. Singh’s interrogation came a day after a letter, written by Tharoor in November last year to the Delhi Police Commissioner, surfaced in which the Congress MP accused investigators of “assaulting” and “intimidating” Singh into “confessing” that they both killed Sunanda.Sources said SIT is likely to question Tharoor’s personal staff along with the employees of the five-star hotel in Delhi where she was found dead on January 17 last year. Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered a murder case in connection with Sunanda’s death under section 302 of IPC on the basis of an AIIMS medical report that concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning.The sources said Singh was asked whether Sunanda was suffering from any ailments and was there any medication she was taking. He was specifically asked about the Tablet Alprax, two used strips of which were found in her room in Leela Palace hotel. “He was also asked about the 15 injuries found on her body, especially ‘injury number 10’ which was termed as a mark caused by the needle of a syringe,” the sources said. This injury mark had raised suspicion that poison was injected into her body, sources said. The AIIMS medical report had dismissed the theory that Sunanda died of an overdose of Alprazolam as the viscera report is negative for the presence of the substance. “The SIT will soon question other members of Tharoor’s staff, the employees of the hotel, a female journalist with whom she apparently spoke to before her death and all those who came in close contact with her in the last 48 hours before her death,” the sources said.It will also examine the hotel doctor who declared Sunanda dead and go through CCTV footage of the hotel. The fresh statements of these people will be matched with the ones they had given to the SDM who had carried out an inquest proceeding in the case. These people can be called for questioning directly and police does not need to issue a notice to them in this regard.The forensic report of Sunanda’s mobile phones and laptop which were sent for tests will also be evaluated. Police has already got the details of the people with whom she was apparently in touch on email and different social media including twitter. From the medical document made available to them the panel has also concluded that Sunanda did not have cardiac problem. She was not suffering from any diseases like hypertension, diabetes or tuberculosis. The panel has concluded that Sunanda was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual

Zee Media Exclusive: Details of FIR filed by Delhi Police in Sunanda Pushkar case

Zee media has accessed the FIR filed in the Sunanda Pushkar case. Delhi Police has filed the case of murder under section 302 of the IPC but no one has been named in the FIR. The FIR touches on various points. It mentions that autopsy report indicated Sunanda Pushkar was poisoned. She had marks in her body caused due to scuffle except one which was an injection mark and another, a teeth bite. The autopsy report said circumstantial evidence suggested of alprazolam poisoning. After reports from CFSL, the Autopsy Board opined “the cause of death in the case is poisoning”. The poisoning was through oral route, though injectable route was not ruled out by the police. Below is the full text of the FIRTo The Duty Officer P.S Sarojini Nagar On 17.01.14 at about 09.00 pm a telephonic call was received by Insp Atul Sood, the then SHO/ Sarojini Nagar from Sh Abhinav kumar PS to Dr Sashi Tharoor, the then Minister of State of HRD, Govt. of India that Smt. Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor w/o Sh. Shashi Tharoor r/o. 97, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi has done something in Room No. 345, Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi. On this information, Insp Atul Sood along with staff went to the spot where Smt. Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, wife of Sh. Shashi Tharoor, was found dead inside the bedroom of suite No. 345, at Hotel Leela Palace. Preliminary enquiries on the spot revealed that the deceased had checked in to this Hotel on 15.01.2014 at 1748 hours. Accordingly, DD No.33A at 9.30 PM was lodged in the Police Station Sarojini Nagar in this regard. Smt. Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor had married Sh. Shashi Tharoor on 22 August 2010. Since the deceased had died within seven years of her marriage, Sh. Alok Sharma, SDM Vasant Vihar, was informed who inspected the place of occurrence and conducted Inquest Proceedings u/s. 176 Cr.P.C. SDM/Vasant Vihar examined the witnesses and the relatives of deceased and recorded their statements. Director CFSL, Lodhi Road New Delhi, along with team also visited the scene of crime.The scene of crime was videographed/ photographed by the Crime Team/South District as well as CFSL Team. The exhibits were lifted by the CFSL Team from the spot. The scene of occurrence was preserved. The Post Mortem of the deceased was conducted at AIIMS, New Delhi on 18.01.2014 vide P.M. No. 77/14 by an Autopsy Board of three Forensic Doctors at AIIMS. The Autopsy Board opined The cause of death to the best of my knowledge and belief in this case is poisoning. The circumstantial evidences are suggestive of alprazolam poisoning. All the injuries mentioned are caused by blunt force, simple in nature, non- contributing to death and are produced in scuffle, except injury number 10 which is an injection mark. Injury number 12 is a teeth bite mark. The injuries number 1 to 15 is of various duration ranging from 12 hours to 4 days.” The Autopsy Report was handed over to SDM/ Vasant Vihar on 20.01.2014.SDM/ Vasant Vihar sent his inquest proceedings report to SHO/Sarojini Nagar with thearks ” In view of the examination of Postmortem report where the cause of death is poisoning, you are directed to further investigate the matter thoroughly and take action as per law. You are further directed to request the Director CFSL for early report of Viscera examination.” As per the directions of SDM/Vasant Vihar. The Viscera, clothes and medicines found on the spot were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 20.01.2014 for examination. The Viscera analysis report was received from CFSL, New Delhi on 10.3.14 and the same was sent to autopsy board, AIIMS on 29.03.14. After the perusal of CFSL report, the Autopsy Board, AIIMS vide letter dt 04.04.14 sought some more information viz. Quantitative estimation of various chemicals/compounds in different viscera and exhibits; presence/absence of saliva in various swabs taken from hands and epithelial cells from nails and any other circumstantial evidence, statement, photos taken at scene of crime so as to give holistic and comprehensive opinion in the case. In compliance of the directions the exhibits/swabs were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 07.04.14 to verify the presence/absence of Saliva and foreign material/epithelial cells and other exhibits were sent to FSL, Rohini on 17.04.14 for quantitative analysis of chemicals. The report from CFSL, Lodhi Road was received on 1.5.2014. As per the report the presence of Saliva and foreign material was not detected. The report from FSL, Rohini was also obtained on 25.8.14 regarding quantitative analysis of chemicals. Both these reports were sent to Autopsy Board, AIIMS on 28.8.14. The Autopsy Board gave subsequent medical opinion dated 27.9.14. In subsequent opinion report dt 27.09.14, the Autopsy Board opined “the cause of death in the case is poisoning”. Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine. Medical board reserved the comment on specific poison/chemical since there is a lot of limitation on viscera report. The Autopsy Board further required that a few of other medico legal points needs to be addressed by IO since the circumstantial information are essential for medical opinion. In response to the information sought by the Board, photographs of the scene of crime, statements of witnesses and relatives, e mails etc. were provided to the Autopsy Board on 01.10.14 with a request that the Board members may visit the scene of crime to collect any object/ material from the scene of occurrence which may be of any importance for medical examination and conclusive opinion in the post mortem report, as the scene of occurrence was still preserved. The Autopsy Board members along with CFSL expert team visited the scene of occurrence on 5.11.2014 and lifted exhibits from there. Seized exhibits were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road for chemical examination. The report in this regard was received on 24.12.14 and the same was sent to Autopsy Board along with other relevant treatment papers related to the deceased on the same day. Latest report from Autopsy board in this matter has been received on 29.12.14, in which autopsy board has opined that all above medical documents given by I.O and detailed PM report including HPE conclude that the deceased Sunanda Pushkar was neither ill nor any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual. In view of the above analysis the death due to Natural Cause is ruled out in this case. The cause of death in this case is poisoning. The poisoning is through oral route, however injectable route too also can’t be ruled out.The autopsy board, AIIMS has now in its latest report vide no Cl.FM No 18/2014 dated 29.12.14 has concluded that it is not a natural death and the poisoning is through oral route, however injectable route too also can’t be ruled out. In view of this latest report a case u/s 302 IPC is made out. Therefore a case u/s 302 IPC be registered and the investigation be handed over to the undersigned. Copy of FIR be sent to ilaqa Magistrate and senior officers through spl messenger. Date and time of occurrence — 17.01.14 at about 09.00 pm Place of occurrence—Room No 345, Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi Date and time of sending tehrir ——-01.01.15 at 11.05 am (V.K.P.S.Yadav) P.S Sarojini Nagar 01.01.15 कार्यवाही पुलिस अज थाना तहरीर की मौसूलगी पर मुकदमा हजा बजुर्म U/S 302 IPC कम्पयूटर द्वारा दर्ज रजिस्टर कराकर FIR Computerized Copy व असल तहरीर हवाले SHO साहब की गई व FIR की copy बजरिये Spl Messenger HC Rajesh No.830/SD सेमोटरसाईकिल द्वारा MM साहब केआवास, Jt CP/SER व DCP/South साहब के Residence पर भिजवाई गई । दीगर नकुलात बजरियेडाक अफसरान बाला की खिदमत में अरसाल होगे। ASI/ DO

Sunanda Pushkar case: Delhi police asks Shashi Tharoor to join probe

Delhi Police has served a notice to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor asking him to join investigation into the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.Sources said that Tharoor, who is in Kerala, has been asked to join probe at the earliest.”A legal notice has been issued to Tharoor to join the murder probe. The questioning will be held under section 160 CrPC,” said a senior an official.Delhi Police had registered a case of murder a few days ago, following the final report from the board of doctors which conducted post-mortem on Pushkar.An SIT has also been formed by the police to probe the case. On Tuesday, Delhi Police had registered a murder case on the basis of a medical report that concluded her death was unnatural and due to poisoning but nobody has been named as a suspect as yet.Also read: Sunanda Pushkar case: Police trying to set me up, claims Shashi TharoorNearly a year after 51-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a luxury hotel here on January 17, Delhi Police filed the case of murder under section 302 of the IPC but no one has been named in the FIR.The medical board of AIIMS submitted a fresh report to the police on December 29 and stated that it was the injection, suspected of polonium, that may have led to Sunanda’s death. The report clearly stated it was an unnatural death.In its report AIIMS medical board had said, “The cause of death in this case is poisoning. Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine.” From the medical document made available to them the panel has also concluded that Sunanda did not have cardiac problem. She was not suffering from any diseases like hypertension, diabetes or tuberculosis.The panel has concluded that Sunanda was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual.Also read: Sunanda Pushkar murder: Pakistan journalist Mehr Tarar says she is ready to answer any questionThe medical board had examined all the injuries on her body out of which ‘injury number 10’ has been termed as a mark caused by the needle of a syringe.The team has also dismissed the theory that Sunanda died of an overdose of Alprazolam as the viscera report is negative for the presence of the substance.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.

How AIIMS report on Sunanda Pushkar affects Shashi Tharoor

As the Delhi police registered a case of murder in Sunanda Pushkar’s death, her husband Shashi Tharoor, a former union minister and Congress MP, may be asked to join investigations soon.The Delhi police, which almost took a year before registering the case on Monday claimed that the latest medical report from AIIMS states that it was an ‘unnatural death due to poisoning.’ Until now, the police were focusing on the suicide theory in the wake of the couple’s strained relationship.Delhi police commissioner B S Bassi told reporters that, “the latest medical report from AIIMS states that it was not a natural death. She died due to poisoning. Whether the poison was given orally or injected into her body is being investigated.” The police received the AIIMS report on December 29 and would send her viscera abroad for further examination.The report once again brings to focus ‘injury number 10 — an unexplained injection mark’ found on the right wrist of Sunanda. dna was the first to report about the mysterious injury in February last year.Normally, in the case of unnatural death within seven years of marriage, the husband is arrested on dowry demand ground. “However, dowry case can’t be invoked in the case of Tharoor as no one has filed such a complaint. So, he cannot be arrested on this ground as of now,” senior Supreme Court lawyer Kamini Jaiswal told dna.However, family members of Pushkar in Jammu reiterated the allegation that Tharoor could be involved in the murder. “We already knew it wasn’t a natural death. We have been asking for a CBI probe. It was all planned. Why would Tharoor go for a meeting when she wasn’t feeling well? Even cameras weren’t working in such a big hotel,” Ashok Kumar, maternal cousin of Pushkar, told dna over phone from Jammu.He further stated he was amazed “why Pushkar’s immediate brother Rajesh was not raising the issue?”The needle of suspicion, thus, continues to hang on Tharoor’s head, as alleged by senior BJP leader Subramanyam Swami, who, from the day of the incident, has been saying that it’s a murder case.”It was not even an ordinary murder. She was capable of hurting reputations of persons at very higher places. She could have exposed the whole illegal mess in IPL,” Swami had said. While the police are yet to detail the kind of poisoning, many believe that ‘air embolism could have resulted in her death.’ In this process, an air bubble may have been injected into her vein, which could prove fatal if ‘more than 100 ml of air is injected into the venous system at rates greater than 100 ml/s.’Sunanda, 52, was found dead in her room at a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17, 2014. Tharoor was then minister of state for human resource development in UPA-II government. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi named Tharoor as one of the ambassadors of ‘Clean India Campaign.’Meanwhile, Tharoor, in a statement, said that he was stunned to find out that his wife was poisoned and a case of murder was registered.”Needless to say, I am anxious to see that this case is investigated thoroughly and assure the police my full cooperation. Although we never thought of any foul play in the death of my wife, we all want a comprehensive investigation and unvarnished truth should come out,” he said.He added that he and all members of Pushkar’s family wanted access to all the information on the basis of which the Delhi police had concluded that she was poisoned to death.”We have not been provided copies of the post-mortem report and other reports of the inquiry like the CFSL report till date. We repeat our request for a copy of these reports to be provided to us immediately,” said Tharoor.Earlier in October, the Delhi police had stated that the forensic report from AIIMS claiming that Pushkar died of poisoning was ‘not conclusive’ and investigations would continue.The first autopsy report, submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate in January had stated that Pushkar had died of ‘drug overdose.’ The report also said that a mild, foul-smelling gas emanated from her body during dissection. Sunanda’s body had 15 injuries, caused in 12 hours before her death. Injury number 12 was caused by a teeth bite.Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta, who was the head of the forensic team that conducted the post-mortem, had also alleged that he was under pressure to show that Pushkar’s death was “natural.” The allegation was denied by AIIMS. At that time, Gupta was the head of AIIMS forensic department. He was removed from the post later.

Delhi police says Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was murdered

Delhi police on Tuesday said that Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, who was found dead in a South Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014, was in fact murdered.Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said, “Delhi police have registered an FIR under section 302 in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case. The medical report says she was poisoned. We do not know yet whether it was oral or injected, the matter is being investigated.”He further added, “The medical boards report says that her death was unnatural and was due to poisoning. An FIR has been registered, whatever is required will be done,” Bassi said.A team of AIIMS doctors had submitted a fresh report to police on the mysterious death of Sunanda, maintaining that she died of poisoning.Delhi Police on November 18 had dubbed speculations about any foreign angle in the mysterious death of Sunanda as a “work of fiction” .Also Read: What is the exact allegation against Shashi Tharoor in the Sunanda Pushkar death case?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. Delhi Police had recently begun the investigation once again from scratch and several people, including the staff of the five-star hotel, where Sunanda was found dead, and the personal staff of Tharoor, who was then a Union Minister, have been quizzed in recent days.Also Read: What is the Sunanda Pushkar controversy?The three mobile phones and a laptop of Sunanda have already been sent for forensic investigations to check whether anything was deleted from the gadgets post her death. Recently, police had also re-examined suite number 345 of Leela Palace Hotel where Pushkar was found dead.