Sunanda Pushkar’s son Shiv Pushkar Menon, who had been allegedly avoiding questioning by the SIT in connection with his mother’s murder case since Sunday, finally turned up on Thursday afternoon.
Menon, who lives in Dubai with his father, Sunanda’s second husband, arrived at the anti-auto theft squad (AATS) office in Vasant Kunj around 1.20pm. He reached there in his stepfather, former union minister Shashi Tharoor’s car, police sources said.
Menon was questioned till late in the night by SIT members comprising DCP Prem Nath, additional DCP PS Kushwaha, inspector Rajender Singh and others.
Earlier in the day, Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi said the SIT might question Tharoor and his domestic help Narayan Singh again, if the probe required a second round. Both Tharoor and Singh were questioned last month by the SIT in connection with Sunanda’s murder case.
Bassi said Menon’s interrogation can throw light on various aspects that could help with the investigation.
“Shiv Menon has appeared and joined the investigation. His questioning is in progress. He can throw light on various aspects which can help us with our investigation,” said Bassi.
A police officer privy to the murder probe said Menon was asked about 60 to 70 questions related to his mother’s death.
While most of the questions were related to their family and personal issues, a few of the questions were about his doubts surrounding his mother’s death.
According to the officer, the SIT asked Menon if he believed his mother was murdered or if he suspected anybody’s involvement. Menon was specifically asked about the conversations he had with Sunanda before her death.
“He was asked if Sunanda had ever told him about any threat to her life. The questions revolved around 2010 IPL controversies in which her name had surfaced. Menon answered all the questions with ease,” said the officer.
Menon maintained that his mother could have committed suicide, the officer added. During his statement before the SDM, Menon had said that he did not suspect any foul play or Tharoor’s involvement behind his mother’s death.
He had blamed an unfortunate combination of stress induced by the media, and a wrong mix of different medications for her death.