The murder FIR filed in the death of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar states that the case was registered based on the latest autopsy report submitted on December 29. The report concluded that, “Pushkar was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual and in view of the analysis the death due to natural cause is ruled out”.
The FIR said the cause of death was found to be poisoning, administered either orally or intravenously. “The report has concluded that it is not a natural death and poisoning is through oral route. However, injectable route too can’t be ruled out. In view of this report a case of murder was made out,” the FIR stated.
The above conclusion was clearly mentioned in the two earlier reports submitted by AIIMS as well. Those too had stated that the death was “sudden and unnatural” and occurred due to “poisoning”.
Police claimed that several exchanges happened between AIIMS and police and various clarifications were sought from AIIMS before a case was registered.
“As per the directions of SDM, the viscera, clothes and medicines found at the spot were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road, on January 20, 2014, for examination. The analysis report was sent to the autopsy board on March 29. On April 4, the board sought some more information regarding quantitative estimation of various chemicals in different viscera and exhibits, statement and photos taken at scene of crime so as to give holistic and comprehensive opinion in the case,” the FIR reads.
Two reports from the FSL were again sent to the AIIMS board on August 28 after which the board submitted its report on September 29.
The FIR also mentions a list of injury marks caused by blunt force —- simple and not fatal — except injury number 10, which is an injection mark, and injury number 12, a bite mark.