It further said an affidavit filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) by Gupta has fully re-opened the issue. "Hence in these circumstances, a SIT inquiry should be set up on your direction." Pushkar, 52, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at a five-star hotel in south Delhi Jan 17. The post mortem report had said the cause of death was "sudden" and Pushkar died of "drug overdose." The autopsy report had shown "Alprazolam poisoning" and also stated that "all the injuries were caused by blunt force, simple in nature and not contributing to death, produced during a scuffle.
In his report, Gupta had said there was an injury mark indicating an injection mark and also teeth bites. Pushkar had a total of 15 injuries on her body, sustained during 12 hours to four days. Delhi Police had set up a SIT a few days after the mysterious death to probe the case as Pushkar died a little after three years of the marriage. According to Indian law, a death is probed by either a magistrate or police if it has occurred within seven years of the marriage. Tharoor and Pushkar were married in August 2010.
Earlier in the day, Gupta told media persons that his report was based on the principles and ethics of medicine. "I want to clarify that not only Sunanda Pushkar, but all the post-mortem reports prepared by me are based on the principles and ethics of medicine," he said. He later refused to talk to the media. Sources in the know said that Gupta had asked AIIMS authorities for permission to talk to the media but was denied it. Gupta had claimed he had refused to bow down to pressure and gave a right autopsy report. But the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) officials refuted his allegations Wednesday.
Gupta in an affidavit before the CAT two months ago had alleged that a decision was taken by AIIMS to promote his junior O.P. Murthy as the head of the forensic medicine and toxicology department and to remove him. On June 5, Gupta had written to union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, who in turn has asked AIIMS for a report on the matter. Refusing to be dragged into the controversy, Murthy, additional professor in the department, told IANS: "The matter is sub-judice. There is a court hearing July 11and things will be clear then." Delhi Police Commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi also reiterated that if required police would talk to Gupta.
"Let the issue be examined. Once it is completed, whatever is relevant will be done. I have already said that if required we will talk to Sudhir Gupta," he said. Sources said Delhi Police is taking legal opinion in the matter. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said the matter was being investigated and he has nothing more to add, while Tharoor said: "It is a process, we will leave it to investigators to sort it out." On Wednesday, Tharoor had issued a statement saying he wants a thorough investigation by the authorities to be conducted and concluded rapidly and transparently.