Dear Dr. Sudhir Gupta,
Soon you’ll current the AIIMS Medical Board’s report on the reason for dying of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. It is feasible that a lot of the TV-watching public desires you to pronounce that the 34-year outdated actor was murdered after which hung from the ceiling fan of his bed room. After bingeing on reality-TV broadcasts during the last 60 days, that is the narrative that is smart to them.
On the opposite hand, your crack forensic workforce may rule that he died by suicide. But as an individual who obtained one of many “last calls” from Sunanda Pushkar on the intervening night time of 16th/17th January, 2014, who later died on the 17th, I urge you to state the reason for dying clearly, by hook or by crook. Why? Let me pivot again to 2014/15.
At virtually three pm on a mid-January afternoon in 2015, as I stepped out of our studio after anchoring the each day information programme, Ankhon Dekhi, I noticed a number of missed calls from the media.
What did I feel in that cut up second after I all of a sudden acquired this information? That the AIIMS Medical Board had declared Sunanda was poisoned and killed? Sunanda didn’t convey to me that she was underneath any bodily menace in any respect. On the opposite, she gave the impression to be snug, with a solicitous attendant standing close by, whose voice I heard replying to a query Sunanda requested him whereas concurrently speaking to me. Physically safe, she was positively extraordinarily fraught along with her narrative of marital betrayal by her husband, Shashi Tharoor. But there wasn’t a touch of menace to life in Sunanda’s voice or within the content material of the decision.
So that afternoon of the official pronouncement of dying by poisoning ‘homicide’, I saved replaying that longish dialog with Sunanda in my head to detect a hint of dread or worry or of her asking me for cover. There was none, though she was agonised by the general public Twitter spat with the feminine Pakistani journalist and she or he appeared satisfied of a bruising marital rift.
Dr. Gupta, once you introduced that Sunanda Pushkar had died of poisoning, the media set free a collective tribal roar, pulsating from Kashmir to Kanyakumari by way of Kerala. Mass hysteria ensued, inside the media and amongst captivated viewers.
Dr Subramanian Swamy, now a nominated Rajya Sabha MP, claimed that Sunanda Pushkar had been injected by overseas brokers with radioactive polonium between the index and center fingers, on the behest of the highest chief of a political get together. So radioactive isotopes, overseas brokers, a automobile leaving New Delhi’s Leela resort at 11 pm purportedly with Sunanda, a Pakistani girl journalist, IPL Kochi Tuskers, resorts in Dubai, “50-crore girlfriend”, polygraph exams, a glittering life-style – and drugs – this was the assortment the media fed to gape-mouthed audiences throughout the nation, month after month.
But neither the AIIMS’ premier Forensic Medicine Team nor the Medical Board may set up which ‘poison’ triggered Sunanda’s ‘homicide’. So 23 months after the dying, at end-’15, a fraction of the viscera was dispatched to the FBI in USA. In mid-’16, senior law enforcement officials travelled to the USA to gather the viscera from the FBI whose report mentioned that Sunanda had certainly been poisoned with Alprazolam (used strips of this frequent tranquilizer Alprax had been present in January 2014 close to the deceased’s physique when the dying was found within the resort room) and traces of itch and inflammation-relieving Lidocaine Gel had been detected.
Another medical board was set as much as look at the findings of the FBI and the medical board. The second medical board’s findings launched in Jan-’17, additionally famous that the reason for dying was inconclusive. The police then began retrieving deleted chats from Sunanda’s telephones (sounds acquainted?)
Today, six years later, the trial of the case is in progress, not for homicide however for abetment to suicide. Traces of this toxic saga roil the Indian public even right now. Millions of media hours later, the query continues to be unanswered: who truly gained from the over 6-year ongoing hunt for the ‘assassin’.
Now, in Sushant Singh Rajput’s’ dying case, we’re on the verge once more of one other forensic evaluation report by your reputed Forensic Medicine investigating workforce and Medical Board which you’re heading. Sources inform us that the ligatures on the younger actor’s neck and the viscera report is perhaps resulting in the discovering of ‘homicide’. Such a conclusion will, after all, be considered the smoking gun of girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty’s involvement within the ‘homicide’.
Some main lights of the nation’s media and TV-watching public will go into apocalyptic meltdown with new theories of the villainous technique of a artful younger drug-addled girl (in Sunanda’s case it was a villainous man).
Dr. Gupta, the center class is closely invested in Sushant Singh Rajput’ ‘foul homicide’, and on the similar time, it’s sliding precariously on the shifting sand-dunes of psychological peace, minus 23.9% eventually depend. It shall be extremely unfair in case your forensic evaluation is broadly “clear” however particularly ambiguous i.e. if it states that Sushant’s dying was ‘unnatural’ (after all it was), however the report suggests, by innuendo, that ‘homicide can’t be dominated out’. A contemporary orgy of conspiracy theories shall be unleashed from Bihar to Maharashtra and in all of the ballot and by-poll-bound states. It will plunge our media discourse to even grosser damaging territory, inflicting further anxiousness, confusion and delirium within the public thoughts.
So I petition you to pronounce a binary forensic verdict – suicide or homicide – and never suicide-wrapped-in-murder or murder-wrapped-in-suicide, triggering one other meandering six-year capricious and shameless chase.
Waiting on your report, Doctor.
(Nalini Singh is a senior TV journalist.)
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