Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who killed Sunanda Pushkar?

The head of the AIIMS forensic department on Thursday [03 July, 2014] stuck to his controversial claim that pressure was brought on him to manipulate the post mortem report on Sunanda Pushkar

The ISI may be the #1 intelligence agency in the world but Dr. Subramaniam Swamy is without question the #1 secret agent. Just after Sunanda Pushkar's death Swamy had claimed that she was killed with "russian poison."  

The chief of forensics @ All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has now confirmed (and re-confirmed) that he was being pressurized (by then Union Minister and AIIMS president Ghulam Nabi Azad) to cover up the matter.

As we have noted before, Sunanda's fate was probably sealed when she spilled the beans about her husband's activities, which have been linked to the Dubai underworld. It was Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar (as alleged by Sunanda herself) who helped trap the flies nicely in her spider-web (elite men are always so reliably vain and stupid). Thus once more it is made clear that the ISI is the #1 intelligence agency in the world. Bravo.
In an explosive revelation, senior journalist Nalini Singh has said that Sunanda Pushkar was tensed and crying hard hours before her death. Notably, the TV journalist was the last person Sunanda called from her mobile.

In an exclusive conversation with Zee Media, Singh said she received a call from Sunanda at 12:10 am on January 17, hours before she was found dead in the room of a five-star hotel here.

“At 12:10 am on January 17, I received a call from Sunanda. She was crying hard and was very tensed. I thought it is because of the then ongoing Twitter spat between her and Pakistani scribe Mehr Tarar. But Sunanda told me that Shashi has deleted messages from his BlackBerry Messenger. She said that as a media person, I should help her in retrieving those messages...”


Less than six months after her death, Pushkar's death has once again made news with the head of forensic sciences at AIIMS, Dr Sudhir Gupta, alleging in an affidavit submitted to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) that he was "pressurised" by former Union minister and AIIMS president Ghulam Nabi Azad to act in an "unprofessional" manner and to cover up the matter.

"(The) applicant could not muster courage of openly placing the facts in black and white as the former president of AIIMS Ghulam Nabi Azad was an immensely powerful politician and the then health minister, and the husband of late Sunanda Pushkar was also a minister and a powerful politician," the affidavit stated.
 The head of the AIIMS' forensic department on Thursday stuck to his controversial claim that pressure was brought on him to manipulate the post mortem report on Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar

A day after the premier health institute denied his claim, Dr Sudhir Gupta said, "I stand by what I said". "How do they know there is no pressure on me? Who were they to clarify that there is no pressure on me? What was the hurry to call a press conference?," he said.


Soon after Pushkar's death, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had alleged that she did not commit suicide, but that it was a case of murder. He had also questioned Tharoor's nervousness regarding his wife's death. He had also claimed that Pushkar had been given "Russian poison".

Investigators had pointed out at that time that Pushkar's body had 12 injury marks including a bite mark on her hand. However, the injuries were not life-threatening but raised questions as to whether she was physically assaulted before her death. 

Other theories that did the rounds at that time said that she had overdosed on sleeping pills. 

Pushkar's autopsy report had stated that the cause of death was unnatural. The report also indicated that she died of drug overdose, most likely a combination of sedatives, other strong medicines and probably alcohol. What isn't clear is whether she was forcibly administered the same or did she willingly consume it herself.

The Delhi Police which is investigating the case has sought a third opinion to ascertain her cause of death. After contradiction in AIIMS and CFSL reports, the Delhi Police has asked Forensic Science Lab to carry out advanced tests to ascertain whether alprax turned into metaboloids. Experts, however, say there are chances cause of her death may never be known.

Pushkar's marriage to Tharoor wasn't the first marriage for either party. Both of them had been married earlier as well. Both had met at a party in October 2009. They got married in 2010 after Tharoor was elected as an MP.

Tharoor was earlier married to Tilottama Mukherjee and later to his UN colleague Christa Giles. Sunanda's first marriage, to fellow Kashmiri Sanjay Raina, had ended in divorce. Her second husband, Keralite businessman Sujith Menon, died in an accident in 1997. They had a son, Shiv.

In April 2010, Pushkar had relinquished her estimated Rs.70-crore stake in IPL when allegations of corruption against Tharoor had caused a furore. It was alleged that Tharoor had used her as a front to collect Rs.70 crore to help the Kochi owners get their IPL team.


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