27/03/2015 5:08 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Shailesh Yadav Could Have Died Of Poisoning, Autopsy Inconclusive

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LUCKNOW — Even as an autopsy has failed to identify the cause of death of MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav's son Shailesh Yadav, the reason could be poisoning, according to a Times Of India report.

The report quoted two medical professionals who analysed the postmortem report and suspected that Yadav was poisoned, though it could only be confirmed after further examination, they said.

Yadav, who was an accused in the the multi-crore Vyapam scam in MP, was found dead on Wednesday, and his family on Thursday said they do not suspect any foul play.

Death due to poisoning can only be ascertained after a viscera report, samples of which have been preserved, said UP police.

"The postmortem report says that cause of death could not be ascertained. Viscera and heart of Shailesh have been preserved," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yashasvi Yadav said.

Police had on Wednesday said that prima facie the death appeared to be due to brain haemorrhage or heart attack.

The SSP today maintained that the death appeared to be "natural".

The postmortem of Shailesh was conducted yesterday and its findings came last night.

Shailesh Yadav, (50) was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his room at the official residence of his father, a former Uttar Pradesh Chief, at 1 Mall Avenue on Wednesday morning.

A section of media and some Congress leaders have raised suspicion over the death.

But Shailesh's elder brother Kamlesh Yadav, who is an Uttar Pradesh Congress member, told reporters, "It is a natural death. The matter will be clear when the final report comes. We don't suspect any foul play."

Governor Ram Naresh Yadav, who is ailing, was being taken in an air ambulance from Bhopal to Lucknow to attend the last rites of his son.

A team of doctors was accompanying Yadav and he will be admitted to Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) Lucknow for treatment.

Ram Naresh Yadav, 86, who himself has been named as an accused in the scam, was admitted to Bansal Hospital a few days back following respiratory problems.

The Governor is likely to remain in Lucknow till the 13th day post-death rituals, sources said.

Ram Naresh Yadav has challenged in the High Court the inclusion of his name as an accused and sought immunity.

Shailesh's name had cropped up in the multi-crore scam for allegedly fixing the recruitment of 10 candidates as Grade III teachers.

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