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Harsh Vardhan clarifies he hasn't offered to examine Sushant Singh's case

Terming such claims made in certain sections of the media as "fake news", Vardhan urged people to refrain from believing any unverified statements

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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan interacting with social media users during Sunday Samvaad-2, in New Delhi.
The statement follows certain media reports questioning the outcome of the medical board''s examination and Gupta''s comments ruling out murder.

Union Health Minister on Tuesday took to Twitter to refute media reports that he hasoffered to take personal cognisance of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

Terming such claims made in certain sectionsof the media as "fake news", Vardhan urged people torefrain from believing any unverified statements.

"An INCORRECT claim is being made in a section of the media that I have offered to take personal cognisance of actor death case. I've NOT spoken to anyone nor offered to examine any case. Pls refrain from believing any unverified statements," he said a tweet.

The on Monday said themedical board has submitted its reportin connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajputto the CBI and any inputs on the report submitted by the panel would have to be obtained from the central probe agency.

The AIIMS' medical board has ruled out murder as the cause of Rajput's death, terming it "a case of hanging and death by suicide," the premier institute's forensic chief Dr Sudhir Gupta had said late last week.

In its conclusive medico-legal opinion to the CBI, the six-member team dismissed the claims of "poisoning and strangling", with Dr Gupta saying the panel did not find any trace of poison and drugs in the viscera.

"The Medical Board has submitted the report directly to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as required. Being a legal matter, any inputs on the report submitted by the Medical Board would have to be obtained from the CBI," the said in a statement.

The statement follows certain media reports questioning the outcome of the medical board's examination and Gupta's comments ruling out murder.

"It is a case of hanging and death by suicide. We have submitted our conclusive report to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)," Dr Gupta, who is also the chairman of the forensic medical board had said onSaturday.

There was no injury on the body other than that of hanging. Also, there was no mark of struggle and scuffle. The ligature mark on the neck was consistent with hanging, he said.

The doctors' panel did not find any trace of poison and drugs in the viscera, Dr Gupta had told PTI, but refused to divulge any further details stating the case is subjudice.

Rajput, 34, who made his silver screen debut in the critically acclaimed 'Kai Po Che' seven years ago, was found dead in his apartment in suburban Bandra in Mumbai on June 14.

The CBI had taken over the probe from Bihar Police into the alleged abetment to suicide case filed by the actor's father K K Singh in Patna against Rajput's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her family.

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First Published: Tue, October 06 2020. 23:58 IST
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