FBI rules out ‘polonium poisoning’ in Sunanda death
The Delhi Police said today, as they shared the findings of an FBI report, that the radiation levels in Sunanda Pushkar’s internal organ samples were “within the standard safety norms”. The report nearly rules out the speculation of ‘polonium poisoning’ causing her death.
Sunanda was married to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor at the time of her death.Delhi top cop BS Bassi said that the report would soon be handed over to a medical board for it to be examined before further action is taken on this high-profile case.
“I understand that the report has been received. The FBI lab had conducted analysis of different substances. And this should give an indication (as to the reason behind her death) once the doctors go through the report,” Bassi told reporters.
The Delhi Police Commissioner said, when asked regarding the radiation levels in the samples that it was “within the standard safety norms”. He added that the findings would have to be “correlated with the post-mortem report”.
According to sources, the FBI report has named the alleged poison that led to Sunanda’s death two year’s ago.The samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February to identify the kind of poison that killed Sunanda after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death however did not mention any specific name.
Reacting to the new developments, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his previous statement that poisoning was the reason for death. However, he further added that the “domain is much more large” when asked specifically whether Polonium-210 had caused her death.He also added that there are findings that confirm her death was due to poisoning. We concluded by eliminating the other causes of the death.
She was found dead on January 17 last year, inside her suite at a five-star hotel, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram.
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