New Delhi: The case of sensational death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, reached a new stage with the FBI endorsing the AIIMS report of poisoning as the cause and also saying that a ‘dangerous chemical’ was present in her body that may have killed her.

Sunanda Pushkar
Sunanda Pushkar

Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said that Sunanda’s death was not natural but ruled out the presence of radioactive material in her viscera.

Sudhir Gupta, head of AIIMS Forensic Science department, said the FBI analysis of stomach, spleen, liver, kidney and urine has endorsed the cause of death saying that ‘the same poison is present in all the viscera’. “It also endorsed the AIIMS post-mortem report saying cause of death is poisoning. However, FBI additionally mentioned the presence of a dangerous chemical which may be cause of the death if given injectable,” Gupta said.

An AIIMS medical board had sent her viscera samples to an FBI lab in Washington last year.