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Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Sunanda Pushkar death case; Shashi Tharoor named accused

Sunanda Pushkar death case; Shashi Tharoor named accused

The couple had entered the wedlock on August 22, 2010.

In the case, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Tharoor was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi. Initially the police suspected suicide.

One of India's best known public figures, Tharoor has been questioned as part of the police probe and has always strongly denied that he had any role in her death.

Media reports, citing the charge sheet, said Ms Pushkar "was being harassed for long" and "her medical records show she was suffering from depression". Drug overdose was ruled out as the doctors found "nominal traces" of anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam. Preliminary enquiries stated that she had checked in to this hotel on January 15, 2014, at 5: 46 pm.

Delhi police later sent the viscera to the Federal Bureau of Investigation following a nod from the home ministry.

October 10, 2014: The police calls the report "inconclusive".

The charge sheet mentions marital discord as the cause of suicide and says that one party led the other to commit suicide. An FIR was also registered by the Delhi Police on January, 1, 2015 against unknown persons under section 302 of the IPC (murder). The FBI report, however, said it had failed to measure the amount of alprazolam in Sunanda's body because of the poor way the viscera samples had been preserved by the Hyderabad lab. Swamy contended before the court that Tharoor had used his ministerial position under the erstwhile UPA regime to influence the investigation of Delhi Police when the case broke out.

Sunanda's death was sensational since she died just days after she involved in a verbal war with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over Mehr's alleged closeness with her husband Shashi Tharoor. "The matter is now sub-judice", Delhi Police spokesperson Dependra Pathak said. The AIIMS hospital confirmed that hers was an unnatural death.

Prior to this, Swamy had appealed to the Delhi High Court but his petition was summarily dismissed as a "textbook example of political interest litigation". The case is likely to come up at the Patiala House court next week.

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