Sunanda Pushkar’s death was sudden, unnatural, she had injuries: AIIMS

Sources confirmed that the “physical appearance of the body” indicated that Pushkar died “15-20 hours” before the autopsy.

Written by Pritha Chatterjee | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2014 10:30 am
Shashi Tharoor Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda’s brother carry her body at the Lodhi Road crematorium in Delhi on Saturday. (IE Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Doctors who conducted the hour-long postmortem on Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor at AIIMS on Saturday afternoon said it appeared to be a case of “sudden, unnatural death”, and that she had “certain injuries on the body”.

Pushkar’s viscera and tissue samples have been sent to laboratories for toxicological and histopathological examination, which is likely to be completed by Monday, based on which the final medical opinion on the cause of her death will be given by AIIMS.

Dr Sudhir Gupta, HoD, Forensic Medicine Department, AIIMS, and chairperson of the three-member board constituted for the autopsy, confirmed that there were injuries on Pushkar’s body but added that he could not say if these were the cause of death.

“Since the investigating agency is now working on the case, certain issues related with the injuries cannot be revealed now,” he said, speaking to mediapersons outside the AIIMS mortuary.

Asked about the number of injuries, Dr Gupta added, “In medico-legal cases, the number of injuries does not matter. Whether these injuries are related with the fatality or not, that matters. Before giving any opinion, I have to see laboratory reports of toxicology and histopathology.”

Sources told The Sunday Express that the injuries were present in the “upper extremity” of Pushkar’s body, a forensic term for upper part of the body. According to sources, these included “minor injuries, bruises” on one hand, face, chin and parts of the neck.

Sources also confirmed that the “physical appearance of the body” indicated that Pushkar died “15-20 hours” before the autopsy.

The autopsy was started at around 12.30 pm on Saturday. A source at AIIMS said that police had not found any apparent substance indicating a drug overdose, or alcohol, in the room where she was found dead.

The autopsy board included two other doctors, additional professor of forensic medicine Dr Adarsh Kumar and a senior resident in the department, Dr Shashank Puniya. In case of inquiries by a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), where inquest proceedings are on, postmortem has to be conducted by a group of doctors.

Dr Gupta added, “The postmortem examination is focusing on investigation from a medical angle as a case of sudden, unnatural death… I assure everyone that our report will (follow) a completely transparent procedure.”

AIIMS doctors have also asked the SDM for pictures of the scene of the crime for details like the position of the body. “A natural cause of death is one where the heart stops due to a natural reason, of disease or old age… So far the only thing that has been ascertained is that it is not a natural death. So we need to conduct toxicology tests on the viscera to analyse what caused the death,” the AIIMS source said.

Sources confirmed that the viscera samples preserved were those of Pushkar’s lung, intestine, stomach and heart valves, that have been divided equally for toxicology analysis at the AIIMS laboratory and at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Rohini.

While the toxicological analysis will test for toxins, histopathological analysis will comprise scientific examination of tissues “to identify possible causes of bodily injuries”.

Pushkar’s body was brought to AIIMS at around 3 am on Saturday. Barely 15 minutes later Tharoor came to the CN Tower emergency with his aide, complaining of “general discomfort and palpitations”. “He is at a risk for heart disease since he was recently diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension. Seeing the nature of his complaints, Dr Balram Bhargav, professor of cardiology, and his team first examined him and then admitted him in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) for two-three hours, where he was observed.

Repeated ECGs and Trop-T tests were conducted. When they were all negative for heart disease, he was shifted to a private ward, and discharged on Saturday at around 1 pm,” a source from AIIMS said.

At around 1.30 pm, Tharoor reached the AIIMS mortuary in an ambulance, along with Pushkar’s son Shiv Menon and brother, to receive her body. Tharoor was seen pulling Shiv towards him and hugging him, as the body was lifted into the ambulance.

Sources confirmed that Pushkar’s son and brother gave the necessary permission for AIIMS to conduct the autopsy, while Tharoor’s discharge formalities from the Cardio Neuro Centre were still being processed.

“Sunanda’s son and brother met doctors and requested that postmortem proceedings be conducted at the earliest. When they were told family members’ signatures were needed for inquest proceedings and that Tharoor’s was awaited, they completed the formalities themselves in the morning. They were keen to have the autopsy done as soon as possible,” a source said.

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        Jan 18, 2014 at 5:15 pm
        Troubled marraige, infidelity, stormy days prior to so called "We are happily married", it is very likely that there was physical violence and certainly one of them or both aulted each other.during the conflict. Truth will come out sooner or later. But one thing is dead certain, it is a case of suicide, not murder taking into account all the facts we have been told.
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          ASHA JAISWAL
          Jan 19, 2014 at 8:41 am
          NATIONALINTEREST(SECURITY)To, THE RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN OF INDIA,Subject : DEFENCE LANDSCAM IN INDIA, THE LATEST AND THE MOST RECENT, IN CRORES & CRORES.DearSir,Thisis a reminder regarding my lettersdated 22.7.13, 31.7.13, 10.8.13& 25.8.13. sent to Minister,Bureaucrats etc., with no action & who have maintained double standards,hence we solicit your kind support. Letsjoin hands to make this issue public. I, am writing to you inNational interest against some notorious history sheeters, with many criminal cases pending in Courts of Law. This caseneeds to be referred to C.B.I./ S.I.T. / E.D. / C.A.G. / N.I.A.,etc. for a detailed andimmediate probe, who should ensure, no doents go missing & specially from S.G.P.G.I.,Lucknow. I am anestranged old lady, seriously & chronically ill, infirm, disabled& fully bed ridden &presently I stay in Allahabad.Myson got disabled in OperationRakshak.The Cantonment Board / Defence Estates Office, Allahabad, interact with the public directly & this SCAM in DefenceEstates is fullyattributable to their dealing officials, due to their grievouslapses, negligence, nepotism, favouritism, etc. for pecuniarybenefits. They were a party to the illegal transactions executed by one, Ms. Rashmi Jaiswal, the prime accused, who is a sentimental rogue known for shedding crocodile tears to earnother’s sympathy & for submittingfake, forged & manufactured doents at varied forums, to misleadthem &, wrestle property & money etc, illegally (which should be verifiedinvariably). Theother accused are UtkrishtJaiswal, Upma Jaiswal, Sunita Jaiswal, Mishri Lal Jaiswal, Ankit Jaiswal, Ajit Jaiswal, Kriti Jaiswal, R.S. Jaiswal,P.S. Jaiswal & Amardeep Jaiswal, all basically residents of 2, CelsRoad, Shambhoo Estate, Allahabad – 01. There has beenseriousirregularities on account of corruption and execution of FRAUDULENTTRANSACTIONS & illegal encroachment by committing fraud, duping, cheating& FORGERY, due to the support & collusion of the highly corrupt CantonmentBoard & Defence Estate Office, New Cantt., Allahabad with Rashmi Jaiswal,Amardeep Jaiswal & others to criminally misappropriate & SELL DefenceLand of Cantonment, G.O.I., which may be prevented at any cost, by a reluctant& negligent, Sub Area, Allahabad. It demands stringent police action. They arbitrarily& unilaterally sanctioned their illegal transactions. Further, theyalso ceased to take notice, regarding illegal construction of walls forencroaching Defence land, from time to time. Please refer to attachments. TheDetails of illegal &fraudulent deals executed regarding Defence Land, by Rashmi Jaiswal & all co-accused, to criminallymisappropriate Army Land are as follows :1. Ms.Rashmi Jaiswal & other accused have encroached& captured illegally a lot ofCantt. Land, around leased, 2 & 3, Cels Road, Shambhoo Estate,Allahabad –211001, by building many illegalwalls to grab land which as per the G.L.R. & other doents, ought not bein their possession, & encroached land’s cost could be in crores.Being informed numerously by telephone,in person, by written complaint etc., Cantt.Board, Allahabad ceased to take action, as the accused, bribed them. She, AmardeepJaiswal & other accused by construction of illegal walls are graduallybringing more & more land under their control, to which the corruptCantonment Board / D.E.O., Allahabad has intentionally closed its eyes. Further the illegalstructures built by them without permission of the Cantt. Board, Allahabad& in violation of the Cantonment Act are a Godown, built above & deep below the ground, several walls to encroach Defence Landillegally, water tanks& a stair case etc. These constructions being illegal & nonexistent in the GLR may kindly be demolished at once, & its prevented, from Rashmi Jaiswal, who has destro my peace of mind & is subjecting me, to inhuman &barbaric treatment, torture, tormentation, humiliation & vexation by buildingillegal walls all around, hence, we may be helped.2. Ms.Rashmi Jaiswal, Amardeep Jaiswal & all the other co-accused have defrauded,duped & cheated the Cantonment. Board / Defence Estates Office, Allahabad,by providing fake details, regarding Late Kamla Kumari’s death, & notsubmitting the Death Certificate issued by Sanjay hi Post GraduateInsute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow to them. The Cantt. Board, Allahabad hasissued to Rashmi Jaiswal & others accused a fake, fraudulent, illegal & forged Death Certificate, (Annexure– 1),without probingthe truth, which is a grievous lapse & a serious irregularity or maybe closed their eyes deliberately, knowing well that K.K. Jaiswal died in Lucknow, for pecuniarybenefits the Death Certificate issued bythem, they should have stated theplaceof death asLucknow &not Allahabad & thetruth is that she was ina highly precarious state& was suffering from Old CNA with shaft femur, Diabetes Miletus, Hypertension, CAD, Chronic Renal Failure, septicemia with shock & many other chronic ailments, was in coma sincea fewdays & ultimately died on 3/2/1996, at 1.30 pm at the S.G.P.G.I.M.S., Lucknow, as per its Death Certificate re-issuedto us on 30/06/2000,(Annexure – 2). In fact, one person can die in onecity & not in two cities, together. This forged, illegal, faulty,& fabricated Death Certificate issued by the Cantt. Board, Allahabad, is being grossly misused forfraudulent land transactions & needs to cancelled at once. Action shouldbe taken against them for duping, defrauding & cheating the Cantt. Board,Allahabaditial fraudulenttransactionsdone by RashmiJaiswal& others using this DeathCertificate,was with the CantonmentBoard,& the DefenceEstate Office, Allahabad,for subsution of names in place of late K.K. Jaiswal, for transfer of lease renewal deed & mutation, regarding,entire 2& 3, Cels Road,ShambhooEstate, New Cantt., Allahabad – 01. Thereafter they started grabbing Army Land of M.O.D.,G.O.I., illegally& for these irregularities, the Cantt. Board / D.E.O.,Allahabadare fullyresponsible.3. LateK.K. Jaiswal, wife of Late Mishri Lal Jaiswal, Resident of 2, Cels Road,Shambhoo Estate, Allahabad – 01, was kept in Emergency of Sanjay hi PostGraduate Insute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow on 2.2.96, at about 8.15 pm & later sentto the Nephrology Ward – A, after 12.00 pm, i.e. on 3.2.96,after being formally admitted toSGPGIMS, Lucknow, where she died on 3.2.96 at 1.30 pm, being in coma since some days & precariously ill, atAllahabad, & on 2.2.96, at about 1.00 pm, she was rushed to SGPGIMS,Lucknow, from Allahabad, hence she was in no condition to apply her mind &make / execute, or sign any such doent, viz a WILL etc. just a day before her death, i.e. on 2.2.96. The said forged Will was manufactured by all theaccused & used for illegal deals, i.e. transfer of lease deed, mutation,ownership change, registration & entry of their names in all the records ofthe Cantonment Board & Defence Estates Office, Allahabad.4. That,all the accused manufactured a FORGED /FAKE will, a fully fabricated doent, dated 02.02.96 (Annexure – 3), &resorted to FRAUD, CHEATING, mischief & CRIMINAL MISAPPROPRIATION of DEFENCELAND, which is able, & for it many bidders are coming. Such fraudulenttransactions took place, due to collusion of some corrupt officials of the Cantt.Board / D.E.O., Allahabad with Rashmi Jaiswal, a characterless divorcee. The dealing officials who entertainedsuch a forged will, being bribed allowed illegal transactions without verifyingsignatures, regarding Defence Land should be held liable & chastised. Whywere such deals allowed, may be probed. The signatures of Late Ms. K.K.Jaiswal, on the will dated 2.2.96 are forged& do not match with her original signature found in the Lease Deed renewalfor 2 & 3, Cels Road, Shambhoo Estate, Allahabad which you check fromyour records. Ms. K.K. Jaiswal was educated & always signed in English& not in Hindi. Her signature in the lease deed renewal agreement is inEnglish, & her sign on the said illegal Will is in Hindi & actually forged,as no one could have signed similar to hers, in English. The Xerox of therenewal of lease deed dated 9.8.95, entered between the President of India& Smt. Kamla Kumari Jaiswal, wife of Shri Mishri Lal Jaiswal, is enclosedherewith for screening the signature done in the will & renewal of leasedeed doent. (Annexure –4). Ms. K.K.Jaiswal was in coma, very seriously ill & died on 03.02.96, hence was in nocondition to make & sign the WILL, dated 2.2.96. The accused executedsecretly illegal deals, i.e. mutation, transfer of lease & registrationetc. on the basis of forged will dated 2.2.96 & Death Certificate issued bythe Cantt. Board, Allahabad, which may be viewed seriously & such illegaltransactions done, may kindly be cancelled at once, & a F.I.R. lodgedagainst them for cheating, defrauding & duping.5. The address of all accused & Cantt. Board /Defence Estates Office, Allahabad involved in fraud, forgery jointly, as wellas Controlling Offices of Cantt. Board / Defences Estates, Allahabad &their higher authorities follows below :Accused Civilian's AddressAddress of MAIN accused Defence Organisation - 1Address of MAIN accused Defence Organisation - 2Address of immediate, controlling army Authority of these Offices in AllahabadRashmi Jaiswal & all accused, 2, Cels Road, Shambhoo Estate, New Cantt., Allahabad - 211001Defence Estates Officer, D.E.O. Office, New Cantt., Thornhill Road, Near DSOI, Allahabad - 01Chief Executive Officer, Canto- nment Board, Ashoka Road, New Cantt., Allahabad - 01Sub Area Commander (President of Cantt. Board), Sub Area Commander's Office, New Cantt., Near Church, Allahabad - 211001Address of Controlling Authority i.e. Union Ministry of Defence, New DelhiAddress of Head Office of Defence Estates in New Delhi (A civilian authority)Address of immediate controlling civilian Authority of these Offices in LucknowUnion Defence Minister, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, 104, South Block,New Delhi - 110001Director General, Directorate General of Defence Estates, Raksha Sampada Bhawan, Ulaanbaatar Marg, Delhi Cantt. - 110010Prinl Director, Prinl Directorate of Defence Estates, M.O.D., Central Command, 17, Cariappa Road, Cantonment, Lucknow - 226002The Sub Area Commander is the Cantonment Board’s President & head of Defence Estates too, howeverhe is apparently shielding the corrupt Officials of the Cantt. Board / D.E.O., Allahabad, as well as Ms.Rashmi Jaiswal & all the other co-accused by trying to paint this matterdifferently. Follow ups may be done byyou regularly to discern the progress of this case. The defence / plea, of this being a personalmatter, if given by any one may be rejected out rightly, as fraud, forgery,corruption, crime & Defence land scams cannot be a personal matter. Sub Area Commander, Allahabad may also be directedto instruct the Cantt. Board /DEO, Allahabadto prevent illegal transfer & SUSPEND & thereafter CANCEL, the lease of : 2 & 3,Cels Road, Shambhoo Estate, New Cantt., Allahabad, at once, which was in K.K. Jaiswal’sname. Since, Sub Area Commander, Allahabad, has failedto reply & take action, this case may essentially be transferred to CBI /NIA / SIT / ED etc. for a probe. A stringentpolice action is solicited against all the corrupt & accused, as stated, at once. Awaiting your reply, at my PostalAddress only, given below hence forth as the accused steal my letters.My ResidentialAddress : SincerelyYours,AshaRani Jaiswal, 2-B, Cels Road, Shambhoo Estate, New Cantt., Near Kapoor Ka _________________________Haatha& House of Peter D’Souza, Allahabad – 211001, Cell No. : 09335401055, 09757113490 (A.R. Jaiswal)Enclosures: As above & Annexure – 5 & 6additionally. Date : ________________My Postal Address : A.R. Jaiswal,C/o, Rishi Raj Arora, Preeti Trade Link(P) Ltd., DSS 45 & 46, Marble Market, Sector – 21C, Faridabad – 121001.
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            Jan 19, 2014 at 5:06 pm
            Sunanda Pushkar in the true tradition of the empress elite, she had a famous husband, a mysterious background, and an ever widening circle of friends. She kept a beautiful home, threw g parties, and never shied away from networking .. always loved her for her joie d'vivre personality and her positivity .. sad to see her gone.
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