Tharoor seeks professional probe

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor ¬†sought a “professional” investigation into his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death without “political” pressure and a “pre-determined” mind.

“I have lost my wife and have not been allowed to mourn in peace,” the former central minister told the media outside at a private ayurvedic centre where he has been undergoing a 14-day general wellness treatment since Dec 26.

“I was completely taken aback because none of us in the family had any reason to believe that there was foul play in her passing away,” he said.

“It is very important that this (investigation) be done professionally without any pre-determined outcome or political pressure,” he added.

Pushkar was found dead in a Delhi hotel room Jan 17, 2014 in mysterious circumstances. Police registered a murder case earlier this month based on a medical report by AIIMS which said was poisoned.

Police Thursday questioned Tharoors’ domestic help Narayan Singh and were planning to quiz 10 more people, including Tharoor’s personal assistant and a family friend.

Tharoor said he had been silent on the issue for a whole year in order to help police establish the facts of the case.

“I have pledged my full cooperation with police and there have been numerous reports that my silence is sinister.

“The reason (for my silence) would be obvious that when a police inquiry is going on, it is my duty not to undermine it in any way.

“I have been silent saying, let the police do the work,” he said. “My interest as a bereaved husband is to the why and what happened and not to chase TRPs.”

Tharoor said he was “troubled” by the conclusion of the investigation and the way it was carried out.

“There has been a lot of misinformation, distortion and outright lies that has been coming out. A fair enquiry has to be there on Sunanda’s sad demise. I will not engage in public discussion and I have written to the Delhi Police yesterday (Thursday) that I would fully cooperate with them and would like answer all their questions at the earliest,” said Tharoor and ignoring a volley of questions by the media, went back inside the ayurveda centre.


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