Sunanda Pushkar Was Murdered, Says Delhi Police
Delhi police filed a case of murder in the death of Sunanda Pushkar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor‘s wife yesterday. Police said that she was murdered by poisoning.
It took police almost a year after her death to file the first information report, though earlier there were reports that the death was due to poisoning. The police has registered FIR under section 302 of IPC for murder. The FIR of police does not name anyone. Mr. Tharoor has said that he is “stunned” and has assured police of his “full co-operation.”
“We registered the murder case on the basis of a medical report which says that poison consumed by the victim was the cause of death. Poison was either given orally or injected in the body,” Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said. Viscera samples from Sunanda are being sent abroad for investigation.
According to police sources, new facts in the medical report received from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on December 29 necessitated a murder inquiry. The report rules out natural death, the sources said, adding that the nature of injuries found on Ms Pushkar’s body will also be investigated. When asked whether Shashi Tharoor would be questioned in the case, Mr. Bassi said “We will interrogate and investigate whosoever required”.
In a statement, Mr Tharoor said, “I am stunned to hear that the Delhi Police have filed a case of murder against unknown persons in the demise of my late wife Sunanda. Although we never thought of any foul play in the death of my wife, we all want that a comprehensive investigation be conducted and that the unvarnished truth should come out.”
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead on January 17 last year, in a five-star hotel in Delhi. She accused a Pakistani journalist of having an affair with Mr. Tharoor, in an angry Twitter exchange, the day before she was found dead. Days before, she had appeared on television with her husband, declaring they were “happily married.” They got married in 2010.
According to the autopsy report, the death was due to poisoning, but there was no clarity on whether it was a homicide or suicide. A later report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory ruled out any traces of poison in her body.
“Let us maintain a sense of balance. This is a complaint/FIR against persons unknown, not yet clear whether it’s suicide or murder. We must not sensationalise this. Let us wait,” said Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the spokesperson of the Congress party.