BJP, CPI(M) demands fresh probe of Sunanda death

RSTV Bureau

BJP and CPI(M) demanded a comprehensive probe on Friday into the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, in the wake of fresh autopsy report that She died of poisoning.

A team of AIIMS doctors have submitted a fresh report to police on the death of Sunanda maintaining that she died of poisoning.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today favoured a fresh probe into the Sunanda Pushkar death case, saying it “requires an inquiry”.

“If there is a new report then there should be an inquiry into it,” the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said when asked to comment on the fresh inquiry report suggesting Sunanda died of poisoning.

While on the other hand Kerala State CPI (M) Secretary Pinarayi Vijyan told reporters “An uncertainty existed till now from the time of death of Sunanda and what had happened has to come out”.

People of the country have the right to know the truth, Vijayan said, adding, “That is why a detailed probe is necessary”.

The report by the three-member panel of doctors, who had conducted the autopsy on her, was prepared on the basis of the findings of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) which had examined Sunanda’s viscera, sources said.

They said that the team had again concluded like it did in its first report that her kidney, liver and heart were functioning normally and that her death was caused by poisoning.

Sunanda 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 probe into the case was handed over to the Crime Branch on January 23. However, the case was transferred back to the South District police two days later on January 25.