Tuesday, June 02, 2015

CAT's dubious conclusion

There appears a report in Times of India dt. 3rd June which totally demolishes an earlier finding by Central Administrative Tribunal that there was no pressure from Shashi Tharoor or others on the doctors conducting autopsy.

The report is given below:

"CAT rubbished Gupta's claim and rejected the charge of interference levelled against Tharoor. It said the "email sent by Shashi Tharoor, then Union Minister, to Dr Rajiv Bhasin, on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr Adarsh Kumar, member secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS do not reveal anything to show that any pressure was put on the applicant to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar's case". 

Sources, however, said Dr Adarsh Kumar, who was also a member of the board of doctors which conducted the postmortem (of Sunanda Pushkar), has also written to the health minister supporting Dr Sudhir Gupta. He reportedly claimed that the board was asked to state the manner of death as "natural". Pushkar was found dead in her room at a five-star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. "

With Dr.Adarsh Kumar admitting that there was undue influence being exerted on the autopsy panel to term the death as natural, CAT's conclusion is proved to be contradictory to facts. Would CAT reconsider?

The only conclusion we can draw is that the former minister was so powerful that he could get away with murder even in a literal sense.

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