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Sunanda death: Tharoor asks Shinde for a speedy probe, offers cooperation

HT Correspondent and PTI  New Delhi, January 19, 2014
First Published: 16:25 IST(19/1/2014) | Last Updated: 22:48 IST(19/1/2014)

Union minister Shashi Tharoor on Sunday wrote a letter to home minister Sushilkumar Shinde offering his full cooperation in the probe into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, saying he was "horrified to read the reckless speculation rampant" in the media.

In the letter, Tharoor said the relevant authorities be asked to expedite the investigation and come to a rapid conclusion so that the truth emerges at the earliest regarding the death of his 52-year-old wife at a luxury hotel in Delhi on Friday.

Read: Tharoor records statement with sub-divisional magistrate


“In the midst of my mourning, I have finally had a chance to catch up with the media reports and am horrified to read the reckless speculation rampant there. I am appealing to you to issue instructions to the relevant authorities to expedite their investigation and come to a rapid conclusion so that the truth emerges at the earliest,” the minister of state for HRD said.

“I pledge full and unstinting cooperation. Nothing short of the truth will end the indignity to which my wife and I are being subject at a time when all I seek is to be allowed to grieve in private with my near and dear ones,” Tharoor, 57, said.

Earlier on Saturday, sources familiar with the police probe into Pushkar’s death attributed it to “self-imposed starvation and a prescription drug overdose”. “Two packets of Alprax (Alprazolam, an anti-depressant) were recovered from her purse. One was empty and the other half-consumed, which means she’d taken 15 tablets in all,” a senior officer told HT.

Read: Mehr Tarar says she is a victim of conspiracy

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Sunanda, 52, was found dead in bed in her suite on Friday night, two days after she went public on Twitter with accusations of a “rip-roaring affair” between her husband and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.

A member of the autopsy team said her body bore “some physical injuries” but it was unclear if they were related to her death. “We have sent her visceral samples for toxicological analysis as we are not ruling out anything, including poisoning,” said Dr Adarsh Kumar, who was part of the team.

With the autopsy throwing up more questions than answers, professor Sudhir Gupta, head of forensic medicine at AIIMS, said, “We need a couple of days more... We need to conduct a detailed examination, including checking the crime scene to see what position her body was in.”

A detailed report is expected to be submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate, who is conducting an inquest, on Monday.


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