Sunanda's death: Doctors contradict FIR, say Pushkar was not on antidepressant drug

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New Delhi, Jan 9: The circumstantial evidence may be pointing to "alprazolam poisoning" as the reason for Sunanda Pushkar's death but the doctors have confirmed that Sunanda was not on the antidepressant drug Alprax. This is yet another twist in the case.

Sunanda case: Doctors contradict FIR
As per a Times Now report Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Vice Chairman Dr. G Vijayaraghavan confirmed that Sunanda Pushkar was not on the antidepressant drug Alprax.

KIMS Vice Chairman further told TimesNow, "No serious ailment was detected when Sunanda was admitted to hospital. Nothing life threatening was detected in the diagnosis while Sunanda was admitted in hospital."

The doctors have consistently maintained that "alprazolam poisoning" alone couldn't have led to Sunanda's death.

The FIR in the murder case also says that injuries to her were caused by "blunt force" but did not cause death while her body also bore injection and teeth bite marks.

"The circumstantial evidences are suggestive of alprazolam poisoning," said the three-page First Information Report, which has been accessed by IANS, adding poisoning was through oral route but an "injectable route" could not be ruled out.

"All the injuries mentioned are caused by blunt force, simple in nature, non-contributing to death and are produced in scuffle, except injury number 10, which is an injection mark. Injury number 12 is a teeth bite mark. The injuries number 1 to 15 are of various duration ranging from 12 hours to four days," the FIR said.

Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was found dead in a south Delhi hotel room Jan 17, 2014.

Police registered a murder case Jan 1, 2015 based on a final medical report by AIIMS which said she died due to poisoning.

The FIR said the latest report from autopsy board, received Dec 29, 2014, said Pushkar, 52, was neither ill nor suffering from any disease prior to her death.

"She was a normal, healthy individual. In view of the above analysis, death due to natural cause is ruled out. The cause of death in this case is poisoning. The poisoning is through oral route, however injectable route too also can't be ruled out," the FIR said.

Narrating the sequence of events, the FIR says that then station house officer (SHO) of Sarojini Nagar police station Atul Sood received a telephonic call on Jan 17, 2014 from Tharoor's personal secretary (PS) Abinav Kumar that Pushkar "has done something" in room number 345 of Hotel Leela Palace.

A daily diary entry regarding the death was lodged the same day. Pushkar had checked into the hotel at 5.48 p.m. Jan 15, 2014.

The FIR says that the first autopsy, conducted by three doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), opined poisoning as the cause of death.

(With inputs from IANS)

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