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Sunda Pushkar death probe by Delhi police was 'shoddy', says AIIMS forensic head

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Jan 19: The head of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) forensic department, Dr Sudhir Gupta, on Tuesday said that Delhi Police investigation into Sunda Pushkar death case was slipshod and that it had unnecessarily delayed sending of the viscera to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the US. “It has been a shoddy investigation on the part of the police. There have been many errors in the investigation,” Dr Gupta told IANS, adding that there had been unnecessary delays in the case. “The delay in sending the viscera samples of Sunda Pushkar to the FBI led to its degradation,” he said. On January 15, Dr Gupta told this correspondent that the FBI had found a few radioactive substances in the viscera, “but due to degraded viscera, they could not read its intensity”. This was contrary to what the police had claimed that no radioactive substance had been found in the viscera. On the police claim over the uncertainty about the exact cause of death or lack of ‘clarity’ on the poisonous substance that caused Pushkar’s death, Gupta told IANS on Tuesday: “Delhi Police are lying if they are saying so.” Gupta added: “There have been many attempts to dilute the investigation. The previous government and the AIIMS administration even tried to remove me from my post so that they could form a new medical board which would give a ‘tural death’ report. But they did not succeed. I did not compromise with the principles and ethics of my profession.” Gupta had earlier alleged that he was asked by AIIMS director M.C. Mishra to prepare a post-mortem examition report of Pushkar, stating her death was ‘tural’. (IANS)

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