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NEW DELHI:Overdose of medicine is reportedly the cause of death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of the Union minister of state for human resources Shashi Tharoor, as per the autopsy report.
The 52-year-old was found dead in her room in Leela Hotel here on Friday. The couple had checked into the hotel a day earlier.
Bu some reports said Sunanda had a big fight with her husband on a flight from Mumbai to Delhi a day earlier and didn’t want to go to their official bungalow and instead checked into the hotel.
The tragic event happened after her row with 57-year-old Tharoor over his twitter exchanges with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, 45.
A day before her death, the two seemed to have patched up and said that they are `happily married.’
In the autopsy report by doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) presented to sub-divisional magistrate Alok Sharma on Monday, `drug overdose’ has reportedly been cited as the likely cause of Sunanda’s death.
However, the contents of the autopsy report have not been made public. The subdivisional magistrate is holding the inquest into the death.
After receiving the autopsy report, Alok Sharma said, “On this basis I will conclude what was the cause of death and submit a report to the police whether a case is made out or not surrounding the death and whether police should carry out further investigation or not.’’
Earlier, the postmortem by a three- member team of doctors on Saturday had said that the death was “sudden and unnatural.’’ Some injury marks were also found on Sunanda’s face and hands, but they were ruled out as the cause of the death.
Police have reportedly found two strips of anti-depressant drug Alprozalem (also called Aprax) from Sunanda’s hotel room.
When taken in large doses, Alprax can lead to a comatose situation.
Throor and Sunanda had married in 2010. It was the third marriage for both.