Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was questioned twice on Thursday in connection with the year-old death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. It was the Thiruvananthapuram MP’s second-day of questioning in the last one month.
The initial five-hour-long questioning reportedly focused on the ownership of the now-defunct IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers.
A joint team of officials from the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police crime branch asked Tharoor whether Pushkar was acting on his behalf when she received equity worth `75 lakh from the franchise. Tharoor was also quizzed on his alleged Dubai connection which surfaced during the IPL controversy in 2010.
The second-round of questioning took place at around 10:30pm when the former Union minister was asked to produce certain documents related to the investigation.
Apart from Tharoor, five of his staff members, including domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi, were also questioned in the afternoon at the anti-auto theft squad (AATS) office in Vasant Kunj, sources said, adding that all six were confronted and cross-examined with each others’ statements.
“Tharoor and five others were called for a second round of questioning and their statements were once again recorded. EOW is our unit and we want to explore every aspect in the case,” Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi said.
The IPL controversy broke out when Tharoor was minister of state for external affairs in UPA-I, and led to his resignation.
Pushkar’s viscera sample was meanwhile flown to the United States where it will be examined, for the final time, by the forensic experts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). DCP (south) Prem Nath personally handed over the viscera sample to concerned FBI officials. This is the first time that the Delhi police have sent a viscera sample abroad for forensic examination.
A senior officer privy to the probe said the SIT has sought a final opinion on the nature and quantum of poison that led to Pushkar’s death on January 17 last year in Hotel Leela Palace. FBI’s opinion on the viscera sample is expected in two months, the officer added.