Law & Order

Sunanda Pushkar Death Case: AIIMS Forensic Chief Says Sunanda Death Not Suicide But Homicide

Written By Ankit Prasad | Mumbai | Published:


  • AIIMS forensic head Dr Sudhir Gupta has made startling revelations in the Sunanda Pushkar death case and delivered a setback to the 'suicide theory'
  • As per Dr Gupta, the Delhi Police has admitted that they have found criminality in the case
  • Dr Gupta's stunning disclosures follow media reports citing that Sunanda Pushkar's husband Shashi Tharoor may be charged for abetment to suicide and destruction of evidence

Following media reports that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor may be charged for abetment to suicide and destruction of evidence in the Sunanda Pushkar death case, Dr Sudhir Gupta, the head of the forensics department at AIIMS where Sunanda Pushkar's autopsy had been performed, has made startling revelations to Republic TV and delivered a big setback to the 'suicide theory'. Dr Sudhir Gupta has said that he cannot call Sunanda Pushkar’s death a suicide at the same time he cannot rule out the homicidal theory. 

Dr Gupta also reiterated that he was among the people who were asked to work in the line of giving a 'natural death' certificate in the case and that he has reported the same to the Delhi Police who are investigating the matter.  As per Dr Gupta, the Delhi Police has admitted that they have found criminality in the case. Police officials had come to visit him, he revealed, and had said that they will soon file a chargesheet in the case

While speaking to Republic, Dr Gupta said that he asked the Delhi police officials to look into the insulin angle. He claimed that there were injection marks on Pushkar's body but so far, the Delhi police has not been able to explain the injection mark whereas to the contrary, KIMS gave a report to AIIMS saying that they had not administered any injection on Sunanda while she was admitted in KIMS. 

Furthermore, the AIIMS forensic head has said that while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was admitted in the hospital at the time of the autopsy, he immediately left the hospital after the autopsy without a discharge summary. Speaking on the matter, he said “On the basis of the record he was admitted at the time that the autopsy was going on in the mortuary and as soon as the autopsy was over, he left the room in which he was admitted without proper discharge also"

Dr Gupta also elaborated on the injury marks that were found on Sunanda Pushkar's body, saying that they were not self-inflicted, rather they were inflicted by "other persons in nature", called a "scuffle injury". He even highlighted how one of the marks was a teeth-bite mark which again was not a self-bite mark.

Republic TV has also accessed a letter that Shashi Tharoor had written to VKPS Yadav, SHO of Sarojini Nagar police station on October 6, 2014, where Tharoor mentions that Sunanda Puskhar suffered from Lupus, nerve pain, migraine, insomnia, and “various other ailments”.  

Earlier, on March 12, sensational details of the death of Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar had come into the public domain wherein it was alleged that the Sub Divisional Magistrate who first inspected the Leela Palace Hotel room where she died had ordered the case to be investigated as one of murder. 

The report by former DCP BS Jaiswal was allegedly given to the Delhi Police and was also submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Yet, despite the cause of death being viewed as murder, the Delhi Police failed to pursue the case as a murder investigation. 

On February 23, the Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Delhi Police after leaving open the question of maintainability of Dr Subramanian Swamy's petition seeking a SIT-probe into Sunanda Pushkar's death.

The case had come up before the registrar in the Supreme Court on Friday, April 13, at which point it emerged that no reply had been filed yet by the Delhi Police. The apex court ordered the Delhi Police to file a status report in the case in a week's time and listed May 7 as the next date of hearing.

Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her room 345 in the Leela Palace Hotel on January 17, 2014. A number of investigative reports by Republic TV have exposed the Delhi Police for the shortcomings in their action in the case