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No FIR for now in Sunanda Pushkar case, says Delhi Police

According to Delhi Police, the viscera report of Sunanda Pushkar hints toward drug poisoning, but these findings are still inconclusive to file an FIR in the case

BS Bassi, the chief of Delhi Police, on Monday said inquest would continue in the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor. The Police Commissioner maintained that there is no reason to proceed in any other way while virtually ruling out a first information report (FIR) in the case at present.


"From the circumstantial evidence collected so far and from the statement of witnesses, there is no reason for us to proceed in any other fashion so we are carrying on our inquiries under Section 174 CrPC," Bassi told reporters.


Inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC were initiated in the Sunanda case according to which a sub-divisional magistrate inquiries into the death of a woman if she dies within seven years of her marriage.


In this case, on 21st January, a sub-divisional magistrate had directed Delhi Police to investigate the murder or suicide angle in the case after autopsy report has cited the death as "sudden and unnatural" while the cause of death was mentioned as poisoning.


The police can file an FIR in this case if it finds any foul play but until then the inquiry will go on under section 174 CrPC.


Investigators were banking on the viscera report from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to get definitive lead on the nature of the poison and establishing its quantity but the report has failed to do so. The viscera report hints toward drug poisoning and its findings are still inconclusive to file an FIR in the case, according to police.


"The CFSL report has not been able to give much headway into the probe. It rules out poisoning and hints toward drug poisoning," said a senior police official associated with the probe.


Investigators will now take the opinion from the panel of doctors from AIIMS which had carried out an autopsy to shed light into findings of the CFSL report.


The SDM has also been informed about the CFSL report.


Sunanda was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of 17th January, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.




3 years ago

Sunanda was never on Alprax,say docs


Thiruvananthapuram: Doctors at Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) hospital here,who had examined Sunanda Pushkar a few days before her death,said on Monday that they had not prescribed anti-depressant drugs.With this,the mystery behind the empty strip of Alprax tablets found in the New Delhi hotel room where she was found dead deepened.
During our interaction,she never mentioned about phases of depression or taking anti-depressants, said a doctor who was part of the medical team. TOI had reported on on Monday that the viscera examination report had found no traces of poison or anti-depressants.
The discharge summary issued by KIMS hospital does not mention that Sunanda was under any medication for anxiety-related issues.


3 years ago

No FIR if congress comes back to power!

Supreme Court refuses to cancel Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra's bail

CBI had approached the Supreme Court for cancellation of bail after Chandra was allegedly caught on tape trying to influence AK Singh, the then public prosecutor in the 2G spectrum scam

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to cancel bail granted to Sanjay Chandra, managing director of Unitech Ltd and an accused in 2G spectrum case, for allegedly trying to "sabotage the trial".


A bench headed by Justice HL Dattu turned down the plea of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which had approached the apex court for cancellation of bail after Chandra was allegedly caught on tape trying to influence AK Singh, the then public prosecutor in the case.


The apex court said it is "not appropriate at this stage" to recall its order of 23 November 2011 by which Chandra was granted bail in the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam.


CBI had alleged that Chandra had misused the relief given to him by approaching Singh and trying to "materially interfere" with the prosecution in an "attempt to influence" the conduct and outcome of the trial.


It has alleged that conduct of Chandra was questionable during the period of bail as he was found holding discussion with the prosecutor about crucial witnesses.


His conversation with the prosecutor, who was removed from the case, reflected that the entire strategy of CBI in dealing with the case was compromised, the agency has said.


CBI said it had registered a Preliminary Enquiry report which named Chandra and prosecutor Singh.


The investigation also suggested that the conversation took place between the two when the statement of crucial witness A K Srivastava, Department of Telecom's former Deputy Director General (AS) was being recorded in the court, it had said.


The agency had also stated that the CFSL report has also confirmed that the recorded conversation was neither tampered with nor any editing was done and it was the voice of Chandra and Singh.


Infosys and TCS may report soft growth in March quarter

According to Nomura, while Infosys and TCS would show soft growth, other companies like HCL Technologies, Wipro and Tech Mahindra would show stronger growth during the March quarter

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys, the country’s too two IT companies, are likely to report soft growth while companies like HCL Technologies, Wipro and Tech Mahindra would show stronger growth during the March quarter, says Nomura.


According to Nomura’s report on Indian IT sector, Infosys expects to be at the lower end of its FY14F guidance of 11.5%-12% on US dollar revenue growth, which implies a 0.4% quarter-on-quarter fall in 4QFY14F. Infosys attributes the revenue weakness to: (a) retail and hitech segments; (b) skill mismatches leading to delay in ramp-ups and (c) project cancellations/rampdowns. These factors are likely to continue to impact growth in first half of FY15, Nomura said.


The report said, TCS had indicated that in line with seasonality, 4Q revenue growth will be weaker than 3Q, with the India business continuing to show a decline (though the decline is likely to be lower than the decline in 3Q of 9% quarter-on-quarter in rupee terms). Latin America and Europe are likely to show better than the company average growth and the US is likely to grow in line with the company average.


Talking about HCL Technologies, the report sees a 3% quarter-on-quarter growth. Deal signings have been strong for the company in the last four quarters with cumulative deal TCV (total contract value) of $4 billion.


Nomura said it expects 3% quarter-on-quarter growth at Tech Mahindra on account of: (a) deal signings of US$1 billion over the last three quarters; (b) strong growth at top Clients, other than British Telecom (BT) (c) Comviva typically has a stronger 2H, which should offset the decline from cessation of BT-related restructuring revenue in



Wipro has guided for 1.8%-3.6% quarter-on-quarter growth in 4Q and has indicated that it is tracking in line with the guidance. Its growth will be better in FY15F on: (a) the continuation of strong growth momentum in Europe; and (b) macro improvements in the US starting to reflect in better demand, the research note said.


Nomura’s comparison of valuation of India’s top IT companies is given in the table below:



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