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Pushkar probe shifted

New Delhi, Jan. 23: The top brass of Delhi police today transferred the Sunanda Pushkar death case to the crime branch, describing it as “complex”.

Pushkar, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead last Friday in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi that she was sharing with her husband.

An autopsy report found that she had died of “poisoning” and sub-divisional magistrate Alok Sharma, who is heading the inquest, has asked the police to ascertain whether Pushkar’s death was an accident, suicide or murder.

“The autopsy report found that she died of poisoning but it is still not clear about the exact cause of poisoning. Drug overdose may have led to it but that will be known only after the viscera report. There are some suspicions relating to the cause of death and that’s why I have directed the police to probe it further. All the angles are now open in the case and it will be unwise to jump to any conclusion,” Sharma told The Telegraph tonight.

He refused to comment on Tharoor’s statement, which was recorded before him on Sunday.

Police sources said that during his 45-minute deposition before Sharma, Tharoor narrated the events before the death. They had said that the autopsy report and the examination of the hotel suite where her body was found suggest that she died from poisoning after consuming 30 tablets of alprazolam, an anti-anxiety medication. The cops had found empty strips of the drug on her bed.

A final toxicology analysis of her tissue samples will confirm the identity of the drug that Pushkar had consumed.