Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning, says final autopsy findings
NEW DELHI: AIIMS submitted its final post-mortem
examination report on Sunanda Pushkar, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife, to
Delhi Police on September 30, reiterating its finding in the preliminary report
that the cause of death was poisoning.
In an annexure on points that need police
investigation, doctors have suggested “it should be clarified when the deceased
was last seen alive”.
“Mild foul-smelling gas was coming out and tache noir
was present in left eye,” the report states. A tache noir is an ocular change
seen in the eye after death, if the eye remains open, doctors said.
The final report has been prepared by the same panel
of doctors who conducted the post-mortem examination.
The report was submitted to police along with CFSL’s viscera findings given to AIIMS
in March, which found no poison, but identified traces of eythl alcohol,
caffeine, acetaminophen (a paracetamol) and cotinine (an alkali found in tobacco),
none of which the doctors said can be related to the cause of death.
The doctors had said in the preliminary report that
while the cause of death is poisoning, “circumstantial evidence”, which
included empty strips of alprazolam tablets, “indicated alprazolam poisoning”.
The histopathology tests in the viscera, however, found no traces of the drug.
Doctors, in their final report, have “reserved the
opinion on specific poison/ chemical since there are a lot of limitations in
the viscera report”.
Explaining these reservations in an annexure in the
12-page report, the three-member board has submitted a list of poisons “which
are difficult or can’t be detected by our forensic labs”.