Sunanda death: Mysterious injection mark detected

The report also says Sunanda Pushkar's body had 15 injury marks which were caused 12 hours before her death.

NEW DELHI: Investigators probing the death of Union minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar were baffled by the post-mortem report that said an injection mark was found on her right wrist, DNA reports.

The Daily News & Analysis report suggested that this could have led to Sunanda Pushkar's death.


Based on the post-mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar, the Daily News & Analysis report says, "All injuries on her 'were caused by blunt force, simple in nature and not contributing to death, except injury number 10, which is an injection mark’."

The report also says Sunanda Pushkar's body had 15 injury marks which were caused 12 hours before her death.

Dr Sudhir Kumar Gupta also told DNA that a foul-smelling gas effused from her body during the post-mortem process.

Sunanda Pushkar, 52, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite at The Leela Palace hotel in south Delhi last month.

Her death came within 48 hours of her going public about her husband's alleged affair with a Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar.

She was discovered by Shashi Tharoor when he returned to the hotel on Friday evening after Friday's AICC session. The couple are said to have moved out of the minister's official bungalow as it was being painted.

How it all unfolded

# On Thursday morning, the couple checked into suite No. 345 of Leela Hotel.

# On Friday, Shashi Tharoor left to attend the All Indian Congress Committee session.

# Tharoor returned to the hotel around 8:00 pm.

# He was resting in a room.

# After that he check Sunanda's room and found it locked from inside.

# Tharoor opened it with his own key and found her lying in bed.

# At this, Tharoor panicked and alerted his personal assistant who informed Tharoor's personal secretary.

# Tharoor's personal secretary then informed the hotel authorities and the police around 8:30 pm.

# No foul play has been suspected.

# A forensic lab team arrived around 9:00 pm to look for evidence inside the room.

Who was Sunanda

Sunanda first grabbed attention while accompanying Shashi Tharoor at social gatherings.

Pushkar was a sales director in the Dubai- based TECOM Investments and a co-owner of Rendezvous Sports World (RSW). RSW bid for IPL team Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Tharoor is the MP from Thiruvananthapuram. In April 2010, Pushkar relinquished her estimated Rs 70-crore stake when allegations of corruption against Tharoor caused a furore.

It was alleged that Tharoor used her as a front to collect Rs 70 crore for helping the Kochi owners get their IPL team. Rendezvous Sports World led the consortium that bought the Kochi team.

In the late 1990s, she emigrated to Canada, where she lived with with a banker companion in Toronto. She returned to Dubai with a Canadian passport, and joined TECOM in the mid- 2000s. In October 2009, she met Tharoor at a party. She married Tharoor in 2010 after he was elected as an MP.