Sunanda's post-mortem report expected today

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 20, 2014 03:15 hrs

New Delhi: The post-mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor who died under mysterious circumstances Friday night, is expected to come out on Monday.

Though there was no trace of alcohol in the body, some evidence of the presence of anti-depressant drug was likely, AIIMS sources said. Doctors at the AIIMS, where a three-member board performed the postmortem, had said the death was 'sudden and unnatural'.

AIIMS sources claimed the presence of Alprazolam, which belongs to a group of psychoactive drugs used as sedatives, cannot be ruled out. Investigators had recovered an empty strip of Alprax from the hotel room too.

Sources said SDM Alok Sharma has so far recorded statements of eight persons, including family members of Sunanda's husband and Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, his staff and journalist Nalini Singh. The SDM is examining the statements to corroborate the sequence of events, the sources added.

They said the SDM asked Tharoor on his reported relationship with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar and the controversy surrounding it. The SDM is also examining phone records of Sunanda between 3 PM and 7 PM on Friday.

Sharma has written to Delhi Police asking them to share findings of the investigation till now. The SDM may discuss various technical details with the doctors concerned after receiving the autopsy report.

AIIMS doctors have also preserved certain "biological samples for toxicological analysis as well as visco-pathological examination." "We have completed the whole procedure. Samples for toxicological analysis means ruling out any poison. Some pathology of the heart has been preserved by us," said Dr Sudhir Gupta, head of the panel of doctors which performed the autopsy.

Samples of body fluids and viscera which were taken were tested in the AIIMS Forensic Laboratory, findings of which will be submitted as the final report to the SDM. Half of the samples have been sent to the CFSL, the reports of which will be sought only if any discrepancy in this report comes out. Then the court will order CFSL to submit their report directly to them.

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