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Haze over Sunanda viscera report

Sunanda Pushkar

New Delhi, March 24: Delhi police today claimed the viscera analysis report of Sunanda Pushkar was “inconclusive”, contradicting an earlier autopsy report that had hinted that she may have died of “poisoning”.

“The viscera report does not show poison in her body, but it is inconclusive and has failed to give us any fresh leads on the probe,” said a senior Delhi police officer.

Pushkar, 52, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead on the night of January 17 in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi that she was sharing with her husband.

B. Suresh Shetty, head of forensic medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, who is not connected with the case, said: “Sometimes, the analysis can be inconclusive because of limitations in tissue samples available (or) the limitations of the analytical procedures….”

Senior police officers declined to reveal the exact contents of the viscera report but said the findings were not conclusive enough for them to file an FIR. “The probe is still on and there is no question of giving a clean chit to anybody. We are examining all available evidence and have sought the help of doctors,” Delhi police commissioner B.S. Bassi said, asked whether the viscera analysis had pointed to any foul play.

The viscera report has been sent to the panel of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, who had conducted the post-mortem.

“We have sent the viscera report to the panel of doctors to match the findings of the viscera report with the autopsy report. Both the reports are contradictory in nature and are adding to the confusion over the cause of her death,” another police officer said.

An autopsy conducted by sub-divisional magistrate Alok Sharma in January-end had found that Sunanda died of “poisoning”.

In Kerala, the BJP demanded a CBI inquiry to unravel the “mystery” behind Sunanda’s death.