Delhi Police planning to question Pak journalist Mehr Tarar in Sunanda murder case

  • Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 12, 2015 23:55 IST

A special investigation team (SIT) probing the murder of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar is planning to question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi said on Thursday.

The 52-year-old was found dead in her suite at a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17 last year, a day after a Twitter spat with Tarar over the latter's alleged affair with Tharoor.

"Since Mehr Tarar is a relevant person in the entire matter, her questioning would certainly help us in collecting some important clues in the case. She will be examined as and when required in the probe," Bassi told reporters.

The sensational case has been in the news for over a year now, amid allegations that Pushkar was poisoned to stop her from revealing details regarding money laundering in the Indian Premier League, where she was the co-owner of scrapped franchise Kochi Tuskers.

In a TV interview, Tarar said she was ready to help in the probe. “If they want to ask me anything, if they want to ask me any question, I can answer,” the 46-year-old told a news channel. HT had reported on January 12 that Delhi Police was likely to question the journalist.

Police sources said they prepared a detailed questionnaire to be sent to Tarar as they couldn’t summon the Pakistani national.

“Tarar being a foreign national can’t be summoned to India. But through the intervention of the court and the ministry of external affairs, we will ask her to participate in the proceedings for clarity in the case,” said a senior police official.

The journalist’s version will help sleuths establish the sequence of events in the run-up to Sunanda’s death, Delhi Police said.

So far, the SIT has interrogated Tharoor twice, in addition to questioning as many as 20 people including her son Shiv Menon, former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, and a few senior journalists in the past two months.

The police also sent Pushkar’s viscera sample to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after two expert teams disagreed over her alleged poisoning. "We are constantly in touch with FBI's official and have requested them to conclude their examination as early as possible," Bassi said.

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