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Death of Sunanda Pushkar was due to Poisoning: Delhi Police

New Delhi, Jan 06: In a big revelation into the death of former union minister Shashi Tharoors wife Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi police on Tuesday stated that her demise was due to poisoning.

A case has been registered with regard to the death of Sunanda under IPC section 302. "The medical board gave us its report which stated that the death was unnatural and was due to poisoning. The report also speculated that the poison could have been administered orally or it could also have been injected," Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi told the media.

"Unfortunately, the quantification of poisons cannot be done in India, so we will be sending the samples abroad. In order to do so, we had to register a case; thus we have done the needful. We have registered an FIR under IPC Section 302," he added.

However, Bassi denied allegations of deliberate delays in the case, despite the FIR being registered almost a year after Pushkar death.

"This case was looked into by the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) and then the doctor had given a report which was interim in nature. Then certain information was sought by the doctor, that information was given to the medical board. The medical board examined that information and thereafter they sought some further clarifications," he said.

"Information was gathered and information was submitted. Now, a final report has been given which says that the death was not natural, death was due to poisoning," he added.

Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death on January 17, 2014.

Tharoor aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because of renovation work at his Delhi bungalow.

Prior to her death, Sunanda was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.

Reacting to the report, Congress questioned the delay in registering the death case, seeking a fair probe into the matter. "It is very surprising that after a year the police have registered this case under Section 302. There are so many questions that are arising. Why have they come to this conclusion now. This is the reason people are doubtful about their investigation," said Congress leader Rashid Alvi. 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that the Delhi Police must probe the Sunanda Pushkar death case fearlessly and freely to arrive at a conclusion so that the truth comes to the fore.

"With regard to the investigation process, a good investigation obviously involves that collection of the facts, evidence and the police should be able to work fearlessly and freely to arrive at a conclusion the truth whatever it is and that is what would be expected," said BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.

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