16 June, 2021

Autopsy Turvy

A rebel doctor’s allegations of pressure revive the Sunanda case

Autopsy Turvy

Everyone seemed to have a prurient interest in the Twitter war that raged between Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, and Mehr Tarar, the Pakistani journalist whom the business­woman-socialite suspected he was having an affair with. But the sinister twist came when she was found dead in the suite of a New Delhi hotel soon after. Six months down the line, one still doesn’t know whether she died naturally, killed herself, or was murdered. And if indeed it was the last, by whom and why.

There is only one man in the country—the BJP’s battering ram Dr Sub­ramanian Swamy—who seems to know who the killers are but is loath to name them. He has written to the prime minister for a CBI inquiry into Sunanda Pushkar’s death.

The questions Swamy has raised certainly merit an answer. He asks, for instance, why the body was cremated in a hurry when the post-mortem spoke of unnatural death; why did Shashi Tharoor forward the opinion of his family physician to the doctor conducting the post-mortem; why were no...

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