The Delhi Police has transferred investigation of the Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor death to crime branch to explore and examine all angles in the case thoroughly. The case was earlier handled by south district police, in whose jurisdiction the incident took place on January 17. “The inquest proceedings in the incident have been handed over to us,” special commissioner (crime) Dharmendra Kumar told dna.
Investigating sleuths claim that high-profile nature of the case and intricacies involved needs specialised unit to look in to the entire incident. “South district police was too busy in day to day policing and were involved in security arrangements of Republic Day parade as well,” said a senior south district police official.
Sunanda, 52 was found dead inside hotel room in Delhi last Friday and SDM inquiry has established she has died of poisoning. Police is investigating whether the dead was homicidal, suicidal or accidental and is awaiting detailed toxicology report of viscera. Preliminary autopsy has revealed that traces of drugs Alprazolam and Excedrin in Sunanada’s body, which with some other medicine possibly would have created a poisonous cocktail that killed her. dna had reported that Alprax overdose alone could not have killed Sunanda, which was otherwise mentioned in most of the media.
Sunanda’s son Shiv said the death of her mother was due to ‘unfortunate combination of media stress, tensions and a wrong mix of medication.’