Sunanda Murder: Probe Getting Murkier – Part 2

By Prof. R Vaidyanathan on 12th November 2015


In an earlier article in this site we had raised apprehension about attempts to hush up the murder case of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Ex-cabinet minister Shashi Tharoor in the earlier UPA government.

Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Wednesday [11th November] said that the U.S.’s Federal Bureau of Investigation’s lab report of Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera samples has ruled out polonium or any other radioactive poisoning as the cause of death.

Reports suggest that the Delhi police has received by E mail- the viscera report from FBI -USA.Interestingly Viscera samples were sent to US after AIIMS doctors had said that Indian labs lacked facility to identify the poison which caused her death.

Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi on Wednesday [11th November] said that the U.S.’s Federal Bureau of Investigation’s lab report of Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera samples has ruled out polonium or any other radioactive poisoning as the cause of death.

Radiation levels in the samples were found to be well within the prescribed safety limits, said Mr. Bassi after receiving the FBI lab report.

Asked about the possibility of Ms. Pushkar’s husband and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor being questioned again in connection with her murder case, Mr. Bassi said that if the investigating officer felt the need to do so, it would be done.

Medical board

The samples were sent to the U.S. after traces of radioactive isotopes were found in her body during the post-mortem examination. On the police’s next move, Mr. Bassi said the reports would be sent to the medical board examining the death.

Asked for his opinion on the latest development, Dr. Sudhir Gupta from the Forensic Department of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences said: “We will be in a position to say anything about the report only after we examine it.”

The FBI lab report, received from the U.S. via email late last month, has put an end to all speculation about polonium poisoning but sources claimed that it also mentioned the name of the poison which caused the death. The name of the poison would now enable the Special Investigating Team to know how it was procured and administered into Sunanda’s body.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said the report would now be sent to forensic experts in the national capital. Only after this, further investigation would be carried out.

Well known journalist who broke the 2G scam J. Gopikrishnan of Pioneer paper in a series of tweets questions the need to send the report to the FBI when it is known that the findings by FBI may not stand the test of scrutiny in the Indian courts. Plus due to this action precious nine months have been wasted.

Also note that Delhi police have been very lackadaisical in treating this murder case. Rather they have treating it as some pick pocket problem. Now they are suggesting that the FBI report has to be examined by the investigating officers to come to conclusion.

The associated issue of Involvement of Sunanda with IPL financing has not been fully investigated.

Indian Premier League (IPL) Curse

This IPL, which is a scam is also a curse – since many who are involved with IPL are getting exposed for betting/money laundering/forex violations etc.

  • Already Gurunath Meiyappan, the son in law of N Srinivasan, the ex-boss of BCCI has been indicted.
  • The Kundra [husband of Shilpa Shetty] team namely Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super king teams are barred from playing in the IPL for two years.
  • Sharukh khan has been interrogated by ED for selling the shares of Calcutta team at rock bottom prices to the husband of Juhi Chwla’s [ who is his partner in KKR] Company.
  • The ED is investigating a case dating back to 2008, pertaining to the transfer of shares of Mr. Khan’s Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • Knight Rider Sports Pvt Ltd (KRSPL) is owned by Red Chillies, a company jointly owned by Mr. Khan and actor Juhi Chawla. In 2008, 50 lakh shares of KRSPL were allegedly transferred to Sea Island Investment Ltd (SIIL), which is owned by Ms. Chawla’s husband Jay Mehta and is based in Mauritius.
  • Mr. Khan allegedly transferred the shares at a much lower price than is permitted in a share exchange.

Pakistan Angle

Sunanda as we noted earlier was to give a presser on the day of her murder.

  • In the days leading up to the death, the couple had arguments and fights over certain unresolved issues. She even had a public spat with a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar days before her death. There were allegations that Tarar was having an affair with Tharror and that she was an ISI plant.
  • Dr Subramanian Swamy, who is well known for his crusading efforts in exposing various scams like 2G/ National Herald etc. has tweeted that the Delhi police must release the full report.
  • @Swamy39 FBI confirms that death was by a named poison. Delhi Police should release the full report and not on a side issue 1:22 PM – 11 Nov 2015

Delhi Police and the Home Ministry have not covered themselves with glory in trying to derail the investigations perhaps due to pressure from various quarters. It is a murder case and it needs to be expedited with the speed of a cyclone rather than watching a road roller. The credibility of Delhi police and the Home Ministry are at stake.

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