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Up to investigators to sort it out: Shashi Tharoor on Sunanda Pushkar death controversy

Thursday, 3 July 2014 - 5:08pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Refusing to comment on the controversy stirred by a senior AIIMS forensic doctor's allegation that he was pressured to manipulate the post mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar, former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor today merely said that it was up to the investigators "to sort it out".

"It is a process, we will leave it to investigators to sort out," Tharoor told reporters.

Asked what he would say on AIIMS' forensic department's head Dr Sudhir Gupta's allegations, Tharoor only said, "Nothing to say about anything about that person." Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Thursday said that they want that investigations in the case should be completed as soon as possible while reiterating that if needed they will examine Tharoor and Dr Gupta.

"Delhi Police wants investigations in this case to be completed as soon as possible. If it is necessary, both Dr Gupta and Tharoor will be questioned," Bassi told reporters here.

Asked if Delhi Police has given a clean chit to Tharoor in the case, Bassi said, "Once we completed our enquiry, we will only then know. And, for the time being, our investigation is on."

On being asked if Tharoor has written a letter to him to expedite the probe, Bassi said he was, so far, not aware of it, adding that he has got to know about it through media reports.

Rejecting the charge of Dr Gupta, who headed a three- member team that did the post mortem on the body of Tharoor's wife Pushkar, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in a hotel here in January this year, the AIIMS had yesterday said it "categorically denies" his claim.

In a press conference, AIIMS spokespersons Amit Gupta and Neerja Bhatla had yesterday said that there was no evidence that any pressure from outside was put on Dr Gupta to alter the autopsy report.

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