The controversy over Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death seems to be deepening, with reports on Tuesday saying that All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) doctor Sudhir Gupta has claimed that he was pressurised to give a tailor made report in the case.
According to a report published in a website, Dr Gupta, who was heading the panel that conducted the post-mortem of Sunanda, has filed an affidavit in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) stating that he was pressurised by former union minister and president of AIIMS Ghulam Nabi Azad to act in an “unprofessional” manner to cover up the matter.
Dr Gupta's has further claimed that he was not able to state the truth in his report due to the influence of two ex-powerful Cabinet ministers Shashi Tharoor and Azad.
The report quoted the affidavit saying, “(The) applicant could not muster courage of openly placing the facts in black and white as the former president of AIIMS Shri Gulam Nabi Azad was an immensely powerful politician and then the health minister and the husband of late Sunanda Pushkar was also a minister and a powerful politician.”
Dr Gupta in his application has asked CAT to allow him to give his views in sealed envelope.
Interestingly, Dr Gupta's disclosure comes at a time when has been slapped with charges of plagiarism and misconduct.
In order to prove that autopsy report was influenced, Dr Gupta has also submitted details of emails exchanged between AIIMS director and Tharoor.
Meanwhile, reacting to the startling revelations, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra tweeted:
Sunanda Puskar was indeed a Rich woman who died very Poor..did not earn even a Single Friend to Fight for her after her Mysterious Death!!
— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) July 1, 2014
Sunanda was found dead in a five-star hotel in Delhi days after she was engaged in a verbal spat with a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on a social networking site, suspecting her of having an affair with her husband. However, Tarar had denied the allegations.
The viscera report of Sunanda had hinted towards drug poisoning.