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Sunanda Pushkar case: Delhi Police to question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Special Investigation Team of Delhi Police s likely to question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar in connection with which Sunanda Pushkar’s murder case..

“Tarar is a relevant person in the case… If necessary, she will be examined,” said Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi.

Delhi Police constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) after registering a murder case against unknown people on January 1.

The SIT probing the case has so far questioned at least 15 people, including Tharoor, his staff members, close friends of the couple and the staff of Leela Palace hotel where Pushkar was found dead.

Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room on January 17, 2014 under mysterious circumstances

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A timeline of Sunanda Pushkar murder case two years after her death

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By Harshmeet Singh

Today is the second death anniversary of Sunanda Pushkar. Despite being a high-profile murder case, the investigative agencies have little to show for their efforts 2 years after she was found dead in a hotel in New Delhi. Albeit a new revelation comes up every second month, the case is nowhere near its conclusion.

To refresh your memory and bring you up to date with the murder mystery, NewsGram presents a timeline of events that followed Sunanda Pushkar’s death.

17th January, 2014: Sunanda Pushkar is found dead in her hotel room at the Delhi’s Leela Palace Hotel. The police initially suspect a case of medicine overdose or suicide.

19th January, 2014: After her post-mortem at AIIMS, doctors term her death as ‘sudden, unnatural’. The autopsy report pointed towards a case of poisoning and stayed quiet on the question of suicide. The report also noted over a dozen injury marks on her hands and a ‘deep teeth bite’ of her left palm. It also overruled ‘drug overdose’.

21st January, 2014: A sub-divisional enquiry, which is ordered in case the wife dies before seven years of marriage, concludes that she died of poison and directed the investigative agencies to probe this angle. In the report, the SDM said that there could have been a possibility of three cases, viz. homicidal, suicidal and accidental.

23rd January, 2014: Investigators probe the angle of hidden poisoning. Her autopsy showed the presence of Alprazolam and Excedrin is her body. Her viscera samples are taken and sent to CFSL for more tests.

1st July, 2014: The doctor who carried out her Post-mortem alleges that he has been discriminated against since he refused to bow down to the pressures of “top officials of the institute and then senior Congress ministers” while making the report.

10th October, 2014: Delhi Police asked to re-examine the case after a new report indicated the presence of drug alprax in her body. It also said that she wasn’t a patient of Lupus, as Shashi Tharoor claimed. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease wherein the immune system of the body attacks tissues and organs.

6th January, 2015: Delhi Police says she was murdered after the medical board declared her demise ‘unnatural’. Bassi was quoted as saying, “Medical report says she was poisoned, oral or injected we do not know, it is being investigated”. A case of murder is registered.

13th February, 2015: Shashi Tharoor, her husband and a former Union minister, is questioned by the SIT for the third time in less than 24 hours.

March – June 2015: Delhi Police conducts polygraph tests on six people in relation to the Sunanda Pushkar murder case.

12th November, 2015: FBI report rules out death due to the intake of radioactive material. Her viscera samples were sent to the US after traces of radioactive materials were reported in her body.

16th January, 2016: FBI report says the death may have been caused by an overdose of the anti-anxiety drug Alprax. Delhi Police Commissioner, BS Bassi says that her death was ‘not natural’.

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Confirmed that Sunanda Pushkar’s death was ‘unnatural’: Bassi

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New Delhi: After receiving the observations by the All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera report, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday confirmed that her death was due to ‘unnatural’ causes.

Speaking to the media here, he asserted that in the report by the FBI, it was said that none of the samples sent to them contained any radioactive material.

What was told to us by that FBI was that the content of the samples had no radioactive materials. The radioactive levels were found within the acceptable range, also certain other chemical compounds were found,

He added that based on the medical evidence and the investigation so far, Sunanda’s death was not natural.

We gave the whole report to the medical board and they assessed it very seriously. The report is 11 pages long with a 32-page annexure. We will examine it and will begin further investigations and will do what is required,

 

Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was found dead at the Leela Hotel in New Delhi in January 2014.

Pushkar’s viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February last year after a panel of doctors from AIIMS said that the alleged ‘poison’ could not be detected in Indian labs.

(Inputs from ANI)

(Picture Courtesy: www.dailymail.co.uk)

 

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Sunanda Pushkar did not die due to poisoning by polonium, no radioactive substance found: FBI report

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New Delhi: The US’ Federal Burea of Investigation (FBI) in its report to Delhi police has said that Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, did not die due to poisoning by polonium or any other radioactive substance.

“We have received the FBI’s forensic report by email. A detail report is still awaited. Once we get the full report, the medical board would examine it,” Delhi Police chief BS Bassi said on Wednesday, adding, “We could call Shashi Tharoor for questioning.”

Delhi police had sought FBI’s help in February this year after a panel of doctors from Delhi’s AIIMS concluded that the poison could not be detected in Indian labs.

Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a room at the Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Police registered a murder case on January 1, 2015.

Prior to her death, Pushkar was embroiled in a spat with Pakistani journalist Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.

(With inputs from IANS)