"The Medical Board unanimously concluded that the cause of death in this case is poisoning"

 AIIMS Board Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning
news Sunanda Pushkar Friday, January 22, 2016 - 18:53

Giving its opinion on the FBI report on her viscera samples that there was presence of anxiety drug Alprax in her stomach, the board confirmed the poisoning.

However, the board did not rule out the possibility of any injectable poison, in view of a particular mark on Mrs Tharoor's body, and said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report confirmed the presence of lidocaine in her body.

The medical board's report, which was communicated to Delhi Police today, ruled out death due to combination of drugs and also said that the board is "highly afraid" that this case may have led to a complete "botched up" scenario in absence of the FBI report.

It also said that the Special Investigation team (SIT) probing the case should "thoroughly investigate" if any person had access to injectable agents in view of a syringe mark spotted in Mrs Tharoor's body.

"The Medical Board unanimously concluded that the cause of death in this case is poisoning," the report said.

"The circumstantial recovery of empty Alprex Tablets (27 tablets) and report of FBI which shows the presence of Alprax in stomach and its contents, spleen, liver section, half of each kidney, blood sample, as well as urine wet clothing, bed cover and bed sheet confirmed the death is due to excessive ingestion of Tablet Alprazolam," the written opinion reads.

It further said, "The Medical Board does not rule out any injectable poison in view of injury number 10 which is an injection prick mark and the same is subsequently clarified by KIMS Hospital as well as the confirmation of presence of lidocaine in FBI report... The dozens of unexplained injuries including teeth bite mark are suggestive of active scuffle prior to death."

The board also said that the fatal dose of Alprax is completely variable from person to person, physical conditions and medical history/duration/dose of intake of Alprax.

Exceeding the prescribed dose leads to poisoning. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi today refused to comment on the medical board's opinion and said that necessary information regarding the case will be shared once the investigation is complete and a report is submitted at the court.

"I would not like to enter into speculations. What is being published or broadcasted in the media could be right or could be wrong. At this point of time, I won't be able to say anything conclusive," Mr Bassi said

"Once the investigation is complete, we shall send a report to the court. At that point we shall brief media about our findings. And I can assure that the investigation will be complete as early as possible," he added.

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