NEW DELHI, Jan 18 � Sunanda Pushkar died a �sudden unnatural death� with her body bearing several injury marks. This was disclosed today after an autopsy, deepening the mystery surrounding the death of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor�s wife in the backdrop of an alleged marital discord, reports PTI.
Sunanda, 52, was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi last night, a day after her Twitter spat with a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor. However, Sunanda and Tharoor had issued a joint statement declaring they were happily married.
A team of three doctors at the AIIMS conducted a post-mortem on the body this afternoon in the presence of a magistrate after which head of the panel, Dr Sudhir Gupta, who is the chief of the Forensic Sciences Department at the hospital, said it was a case of �sudden, unnatural death�.
Dr Adarsh Kumar, Additional Professor, Forensic Medicines and one of the doctors who conducted the post-mortem, was asked if poisoning has not been ruled out as a cause of the death. �Of course,� he replied, indicating that poisoning had not been ruled out. �If any person is suffering from disease, the terminal event may be something else. It does not matter. Let the investigation be over,� he said.
According to a source, Sunanda�s body bore injuries in her hand and face, but they appear unlikely to be the cause of her death. She appears to have died between 1pm and 7 pm yesterday.
Sunanda was known to be suffering from stomach tuberculosis and Lupus, an auto-immune disorder which can lead to rashes or marks.
Dr Kumar confirmed that Sunanda was suffering from these health problems and said that details of her treatment had been sought.
Dr Gupta said Sunanda�s body had �certain injuries� but refused to give details. �I cannot reveal the details of the injuries. Basically, in medico-legal cases, the number of injuries does not matter. Whether these injuries relate to fatality or not matters.�
A doctor said that there are cases in which a person may consume excessive alcohol and pass out, thereby losing control over the airways, which get blocked leading to gastric aspiration which, in turn, causes acute pneumonia or even death.