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Sunanda's death unnatural, but no poisoning: AIIMS autopsy

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI): Sunanda Pushkar died a “sudden, unnatural death”, but poisoning is ruled out, according to doctors at AIIMS who conducted the autopsy on Saturday.

Injury marks were also found on the body of 52-year-old Pushkar, who was found dead on Friday night in mysterious circumstances in a suite at the Leela Palace hotel at which she and her minister husband Shashi Tharoor had checked in a few days ago.

The announcement was made even as police continued to look at the various angles in the death of Pushkar.

The head of the three-member panel of doctors that conducted the autopsy on Pushkar said “We have conducted the postmortem examination... It is a case of sudden, unnatural death” but ruled out poisoning.

However, he said the team has preserved certain ”biological samples for toxicological analysis as well as visco-pathological examination.”

“We have completed the whole procedure. Samples for toxicological analysis means ruling out any poison. Some pathology of the heart has been preserved by us,” he said.

Pushkar was found dead in her suite at the hotel and the body was shifted to AIIMS at around 3:30am for the post-mortem.

Police is also expected to record statement of Tharoor, who was admitted to AIIMS following complaints of chest pain and was discharged later.

Pushkar and Tharoor were at the centre of a raging controversy when reports emerged that she was upset over reported text and tweet messages between her husband and Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist.