Autopsy: Tharoor Gets CAT Clean Chit

Published: 07th March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2015 03:43 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has cleared Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor MP of the charge of putting pressure on an AIIMS doctor to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in the case relating to the murder of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

A CAT Bench dismissed the plea of Sudhir Kumar Gupta, Head of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, in which he alleged that the AIIMS had superseded him with malafide intent to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in conducting Sunanda’s autopsy. After the CAT dismissed his plea, Gupta said he will approach the higher courts.

And the CAT held that the email sent by  Tharoor to Dr Rajiv Bhasin on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr  Adarsh Kumar, Member Secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS, had failed to establish Gupta’s claim.

The CAT rejected Gupta’s plea that Dr O P Murty was promoted after purging his seniority with the purpose to obtain a tailor-made report in the case. “The decision having already been taken by the Governing Body on January 16, 2012 and April 14, 2012, to promote Murty to the grade of Professor,” it said.

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