NEW DELHI: Six months after the death of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, the controversy surrounding it refuses to die down. In a twist in the case, a forensic doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has claimed that he was asked to prepare a ‘tailor-made natural death autopsy report’ sending the case into tailspin. From the Union Health Minister to Home Minister not to mention Tharoor himself, everyone was forced to revisit the unfortunate episode of January 17, 2014.
The startling allegation was made by Dr Sudhir Gupta, head of the Forensic and Toxicology department at AIIMS, before the Central Administrative Tribunal where he claimed that pressure was applied on him by calling for “repeated meetings by the AIIMS director on Pushkar autopsy matter” and he was asked to show that her death was natural which he apparently resisted.
Taking note of the controversy, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan sought a detailed report from the AIIMS on the allegation made by Gupta and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh got a briefing from the Delhi Police Commissioner. Gupta, who headed a panel of three doctors to conduct Pushkar’s autopsy, approached the tribunal after he was denied promotion and the hospital governing body approved a proposal to promote another doctor.