08 May, 2021

Forensics Check In

The media has its own trial going, but the real leads in the Sushant Singh Rajput case may come from hard-core medicine, and a crack AIIMS expert with many celeb cases under his belt

Forensics Check In

Aarushi Talwar. Check. Sunanda Pushkar. Check. Sheena Bora. Check. Jessica Lal. Check. Bhanwari Devi. Check. Sushant Singh Rajput. A work in progress. For someone who has handled high-profile complex cases—knottier the better—Dr Sudhir Gupta, head of forensic medicine at AIIMS Delhi, is confident he and his four-member team will find what caused the actor’s death. It’s a challenge not many would be comfortable with. Rajput’s death on June 14—he was found hanging in his bedroom in Mumbai—has been riveting the nation like a whodunit and the stakes are high.

Dr Gupta says the team will examine “all possible manner of death, including homicide”. They will corroborate their findings “with circumstantial legal evidence of the CBI”; examine if the actor was on any anti-depressant. They began their investigation on August 25, after receiving necessary medical papers from the CBI, including the autopsy and viscera reports. Work is tough, though. The scene was “badly contaminated” and Dr Gupta also...

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