Sunanda Pushkar autopsy controversy: Doctor counters AIIMS, says he stands by his claims

"How do they know there is no pressure on me?" said Dr Sharma in response to the allegations leveled at him.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2014 12:55 pm
Sunanda, 52, was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor. (Express Archive) Sunanda, 52, was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor. (Express Archive)

The head of the AIIMS’ forensic department on Thursday stuck to his controversial claim that pressure was brought on him to manipulate the post mortem report on Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar. A day after the premier health institute denied his claim, Dr Sudhir Gupta said, “I stand by what I said”.

“How do they know there is no pressure on me? Who were they to clarify that there is no pressure on me? What was the hurry to call a press conference?,” he said. He was asked about AIIMS rejecting allegations levelled by him.

“Not only the post mortem of Sunanda Pushkar but in a number of cases, post mortem reports were finalised by me as per the principle and practise of medicine and as per its ethical and legal norm. I have never succumbed to any pressure in my life,” Gupta told PTI.

He said all his reports are bonafide. Rejecting the charge of Gupta, who headed a three-member team that did the post morten on the body of Pushkar, who died in mysterious circumstances in a hotel in January this year, AIIMS had said there was no evidence that any pressure from outside was put on him (Sudhir Gupta) to alter the autopsy report.

Sunanda (52) was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.

The autopsy report had mentioned more than a dozen injury marks on Sunanda’s both hands and an abrasion on her cheek which suggests a “use of blunt force”, besides a “deep teeth bite” on the edge of her left palm. Viscera samples were preserved after the autopsy at AIIMS and were sent to CFSL for further tests.

The CFSL report hinted at drug poisoning but its findings were not conclusive enough to file an FIR in the case, according to police.

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First Published on: July 3, 2014 12:45 pm
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    Acharya Navneet
    Jul 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    How does AIIMS authorities know that pressure was not put on Dr. Gupta ? Didn't Shashi Tharoor ensure his entry into AIIMS immediately after Sunanda's body was sent for autopsy on the excuse of heartache ? This is a well known fact from all newspapers. So, Shashi Tharoor's intention could have been to put pressure on the doctors to hush up the matter.Dismissing the doctor's claim by saying "no pressure was put" is easy. did the AIIMS authorities do enough investigation before denying the "pressure" allegation ? It smells fishy. We are waiting an answer from you Dr. Harshavardhan ?
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      Babumoshai
      Jul 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm
      We are fortunate to have a honest, gentleman doctor like Harshvardhanji as the health minister. He will ensure that truth comes out.
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        Srinivasan Gopalarao
        Jul 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm
        AIIMS authorities lack integrity and Dr.Gupta has integrity. High political influence?
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          s.banerjee
          Jul 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm
          ANOTHER GOLD MINE IS GOING TO BE EXPLORED. WE SHALL REMAIN FORTUNATE IF ONE OF THE TWO COMES TRUE AND HOLD THE GREAT FAMILY'S SCANDAL IN INDIAN HISTORY.
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            shyama
            Jul 3, 2014 at 8:46 am
            AIIMS quick refutation of Dr. Gupta's statements and their press release sounds unprofessional and fishy. An insution like AIIMS should have said we are taking cognizance and the matter into consideration and will inform results to the public after proper investigation.
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              Kalra
              Jul 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm
              The issue must not be ignored, right from the beginning there was doubt about the story of suicide. There is no doubt that politicians exploit the citizens for their personal direct or indirect gain. I'm sure that the present Govt will ensure that guilty ones are punished by law of the land like "Subrata Roy"
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                ABC
                Jul 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm
                I know professor Gupta professionally. He was my teacher. As far as I remember, he never budged to any pressure. He has always maintained highest professional integrity. Now I feel that his upright atude has left the AIIMS management uncomfortable.
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