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Medical board inconclusive about Sunanda Pushkar's death
A new medical board that had been appointed to look into the reports by the FBI and AIIMS regarding the death of Sunanda Pushkar has failed to submit any conclusive results.

"A competent board conducted Sunanda Pushkar's postmortem. We concluded that her death was caused due to poisoning and was unnatural," AIIMS Forensic Department chief Sudhir Gupta told ANI.

Reportedly, the report was submitted two weeks ago to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Pushkar's death. The report was submitted by a board of four doctors from Delhi, Chandigarh and Puducherry. The board had been constituted in June and was expected to provide a final opinion on the FBI and AIIMS reports on Pushkar's viscera.

With another medical board report not being able to provide any conclusive details, the probe is now going to focus on her chat transcripts. The SIT is awaiting Pushkar's Blackberry Messenger chat transcripts. Reportedly, the probing agency had secured permission from a US court to expedite the BBM chats, which were surprisingly found to have been deleted after her death. Also awaited from an Ahmedabad laboratory is a forensic report on Pushkar's laptop.

Initially, tests by a forensic laboratory had ascertained that the cause of her death was poisoning. But the SIT had sent her viscera to the FBI for further testing. The FBI in its report that was submitted in October 2015 had said that while it could not isolate the poison but it could say that no radioactive chemicals were found.

The SIT then decided to send the FBI report to the AIIMS forensic board for consultation. The AIIMS forensic board had also unanimously concluded death due to poisoning.  

Pushkar was found dead in a five-star hotel in Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014. The police had earlier questioned Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar who had a spat with Pushkar on Twitter a day earlier. Her husband and former minister Shashi Tharoor has also been questioned regarding the case.

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