The mystery over Sunanda Pushkar’s death has got a dramatic new twist. While the case remains hazy with no clear indication as to how former Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife died in a Delhi five-star hotel early this year, a top doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has sensationally alleged that he was ‘pressured’ to act in an ‘unprofessional manner’ to cover up the case.
Dr. Sudhir Gupta, head of forensic sciences at AIIMS, has filed an affidavit, accessed by Aaj Tak, in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) claiming that he was ‘pressured’ by former Union minister and president of AIIMS, Ghulam Nabi Azad, to act in an ‘unprofessional’ manner to cover up the matter.”(The) applicant could not muster courage of openly placing the facts in black and white as the former president of AIIMS Ghulam Nabi Azad was an immensely powerful politician and the then health minister, and the husband of late Sunanda Pushkar was also a minister and a powerful politician,” the affidavit stated.
A copy of a letter written by Dr Sudhir Gupta of AIIMS to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on June 5.
Gupta, who was heading the panel that conducted Sunanda’s postmortem, has asked in his application to CAT to allow him to give his views in sealed envelope. To buttress his point, Gupta submitted details of emails exchanged between AIIMS director and Tharoor.Incidentally, Gupta’s disclosure comes at a point of time when he was slapped with charges of plagiarism and misconduct.
On his part, Gupta has alleged that there was a conspiracy to oust him as the head of the department just three days before the new NDA government was formed. In his letter to the Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, challenging promotion of Dr O.P. Murty as professor, alleging it violated AIIMS rule, Gupta claimed that the AIIMS authorities had an agenda to oust him for his role in the post-mortem of Sunanda and Nido Tania because he had “taken a professional and ethical stand which went against vested interests of certain persons in AIIMS.”
Husband and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor and son at Sunanda Pushkarâ€™s funeral.
Sunanda was found dead in a five-star hotel in Delhi within days after she was got entangled in a verbal spat with Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist, on a social networking site Twitter. Sunanda had accused Mehr of having an affair with her husband.However, Mehr had denied the allegations. The viscera report of Sunanda had hinted towards drug poisoning.Sunanda’s mysterious death had led to insinuations bordering suspicion as to how she died. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy had alleged Sunanda did not commit suicide, but it was a case of murder.Swamy had then questioned Tharoor’s nervousness regarding his wife’s death, even as the Delhi Police investigation was in progress.