| Posted: 01/21/2014 7:19 am EST | Updated:
01/21/2014 9: 04 am EST
NEW DELHI, Jan 21 (Reuters) - An overdose of anti-depressant drugs likely
caused the death of the wife of a high-profile Indian federal minister,
according to the results of an autopsy, days after she accused him of having an
affair with a Pakistan-based journalist.
Junior Human Resource Development Minister and a former top U.N. diplomat
Shashi Tharoor's wife was found dead in a New Delhi hotel room as their
apparent marital woes spilled out into the open after she sent out tweets that
suggested he was involved with the journalist.
Sunanda Pushkar, 52, probably died because of drug poisoning, two officials
said on Tuesday, citing the post mortem report that was submitted to a
magistrate leading an inquest into the death on Friday.
There was no suggestion as to whether the overdose was deliberate or not.
The report also said there were 15 injuries on Sunanda's body, but these were
described as small and ruled out as a cause of her death. The injuries were on
the upper part of the body.
The couple were married in late 2010, the third marriage for both of them, and
were part of Delhi's social set, open and unconventional by the standards of
Under Indian law, a magisterial inquiry is automatic if a woman dies within
seven years of marriage.
"The conclusion of the post mortem report was death likely due to drug
poisoning," said an official at the All India Institute of Medical
Sciences where the autopsy was conducted.
The report was handed to magistrate Alok Sharma leading the inquest and another
official confirmed the finding. There has been no suggestion of foul play.
Police found used strips of anti-depressant drug alprazolam, commonly known as
Alprax, from the Leela Palace hotel room where Sunanda was found dead in her
bed. The medicine, used by people suffering from anxiety, sleep disorder and
depression is available over the counter in India.
"Very broadly, any medicine can be fatal if taken in large
quantities," Dr Adarsh Kumar, who was part of the team that carried out
the autopsy, told Reuters.
"It depends on the quantity, the route through which it has been
administered, the physical and even the mental condition of the person."
Tharoor has called for a swift inquiry into the death of his wife, saying he
was horrified to read speculative reports about their personal lives.
Sunanda said last week she had gone into his Twitter account and posted what
she said were intimate messages from Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar to expose
a rip-roaring affair.
Tarar hit back saying she would sue Sunanda for calling her a Pakistani spy and
denied having an affair with Tharoor. She said she was friends with Tharoor on
Twitter and exchanged comments about articles she had written, but that was
Tharoor, a prolific author, testified before the magistrate in a closed-door
session on Sunday.
(Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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police, doctor and Justice department are inapt to work for proper justice then why worry
for justice in this case. The matter is not this case only but rather all case of similar
in India. India is a super power of free style crime. World Community of Nations
demands that India is no more a Democratic
country because apart from being a
criminal country it is a strong proponent and helper of autocratic government.
considers India’s singular support to Bangladesh to Establish an autocratic government in Bangladesh against the will of the Bangladeshis
and the World Community of Nation amply proves its sinister intent against the Bangladesh
and its people.
be an democratic country rather World Community of N Nations thinks it is the
largest Autocratic country in the world.
And also a cold blooded man slaughterers country. India does not bother
of human rights.