05 Oct 2020: AIIMS panel chief had earlier said Sushant was murdered: Report
It has been reported that Dr. Sudhir Gupta, who led the team of forensic experts from AIIMS, had earlier claimed the 34-year-old movie star was murdered.
Here are more details on this.
Context: Recently, Dr. Gupta asserted it was a case of suicide
Last week, the AIIMS panel had submitted its final report to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
On Saturday, Dr. Gupta stated that according to the report, Sushant had died by suicide, thereby rejecting widespread allegations of poisoning and strangulation.
"There were no injuries over the body other than hanging. There were no marks of struggle/scuffle in body and clothes of the deceased," he said.
Details: In purported audio clip, Dr. Gupta had earlier said otherwise
Now, according to several reports, a leaked audio clip of Dr. Gupta has been accessed by the media. In the audio tape, the AIIMS panel head had purportedly claimed that the late actor had been "murdered."
He had reportedly made this statement after initially looking at the pictures of Sushant's mortal remains.
Demand: Sushant's family has demanded new medical team
Meanwhile, Sushant's family's lawyer, Vikas Singh has said he is "highly perturbed" with the AIIMS report.
He said he will request the CBI to constitute a new forensic team.
"How could AIIMS team give a conclusive report in the absence of the body, that too on such shoddy post-mortem done by Cooper hospital wherein time of death also not mentioned (sic)," he tweeted.
Fact: This "U-turn" must be explained, says Sushant's sister
Response: There should be no doubts about final report: Dr. Gupta
Responding to the reports citing his leaked audio, Dr. Gupta said that while initially everyone had doubts, there should be no questions about the final report.
Case: Sushant was found dead earlier in June
Sushant was found dead at his apartment in Mumbai on June 14.
The actor died by suicide and had been suffering from depression, Mumbai Police had said at the time.
His family, however, cried foul play and accused his girlfriend, fellow actor Rhea Chakraborty of driving him to suicide.
The Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau are also probing the matter.