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Yes, it was murder

Blaming “unknown persons” for the death of the wife of  high profile former union minister Shashi Tharoor is a sure give away that the Delhi Police has filed the case reluctantly and under the threat of politician Subramanian Swamy to move the court on the basis of the evidence available in public domain for the registration of the FIR.

The main contention of Delhi police FIR is that Pushkar’s death was not natural and that the source of poison, whether oral or injected has to be found out. Sunanda Pushkar was found dead on January 17 last year in suite no 345 of Leela Palace Hotel in Chanakyapuri. She had shifted to the hotel after a tiff with her husband, over his alleged affair with a Pakistani journalist.

The autopsy report by possibly the best team of forensic surgeons from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from day one cried hoarse about the death being unnatural, however, the Delhi police all this while decided to look the other way. Moreover, there were evidences that pressure was constantly brought on the AIIMS team to give a ‘tailor-made’ report to help closure of the case.

As reported by Millennium Post in its edition dated July 5, 2014, Shashi Tharoor worked overtime to make the death look natural. On February 27, 2014, a fax message was sent from Shashi Tharoor’s ministerial office to the AIIMS at 2.47 pm forwarding a certificate from one Dr Anil Gupta of Cooper Health Clinic in Dubai to “help in determining the cause of her death”.

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The certificate suggested that she could have died of LUPUS. According to medical literature, patients suffering from this disease get frequent episodes of joint pains, skin problems and renal failure, among other complications. The Dubai-based doctor, in his concluding paragraph, mentions, ‘a mere injection for blood test or bumping into a piece of furniture could result in visible bruising. I am concerned as bruising on her body is being discussed as inflicted in the media.’ This certificate from the Dubai clinic, as indicated by the date, came after the findings of the post-mortem examination report, which talked about injuries on her body.

Among the 15 injuries the forensic team examined on Sunanda’s body, it found ‘injury number 10’ to be a mark caused by the needle of a syringe. Now the Delhi Police, getting wiser almost after a year, points to the possibility of poison being injected into Sunanda’s body.

“She died due to poisoning. Whether the poison was given orally or injected into her body is being investigated,” Commissioner Bassi told mediapersons on Tuesday.

 What stopped Delhi police from naming Tharoor in the FIR despite the prima facie evidence that he pushed the Dubai document only to throw red herrings? Tharoor did not share a more pertinent medical blood report (MR No. 004682010) issued by a super-specialty hospital in Thiruvaananthapuram, the Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences on the blood samples of Sunanda collected on January 12 and 13 and reported on January 12, 15, 17 and 21 after extensive tests. The reports concluded that she did not suffer from the disease LUPUS Anti Coagulant.

This firmly established the fact that Tharoor, despite the knowledge of the report from Asia’s leading tertiary care hospital stating that Sunanda did not suffer from LUPUS, pushed a certificate from a family friend’s clinic in Dubai to establish that she died of this disease.

Though Bassi has not ruled out interrogation of Tharoor, given their reluctance to proactively investigate the case all this time indicates that it would be long before the mystery behind the murder of 52-year-old high-profile businesswoman is unraveled.

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