Sunanda case: Govt ‘considers’ CBI probe demand

  • Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 24, 2014 11:02 IST

Home minister Rajnath Singh is “looking into” BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s demand for a CBI investigation into the mysterious death of senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.

On Wednesday morning, Swamy tweeted that he had received a reply from the home minister in answer to his request for an SIT investigation headed by the CBI into the death of Pushkar. “I am having the matter looked into,” said the letter.

Speaking to HT, Swamy confirmed that he had also “received oral confirmation” that his demand was being taken seriously. As a result, and to avoid duplicity of proceeding, he has decided to hold back filing his public interest litigation for further investigation into Pushkar’s death. “If the government denies the request, I’ll have a better case for the PIL,” Swamy said.

Pushkar, a 52-year old entrepreneur, who had married Tharoor in August 2010, was found dead in a luxury hotel in South Delhi earlier this year.

In a sudden twist, a news channel has claimed that Tharoor intended to divorce her in order to marry Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. Citing Pushkar’s relatives and friends who have deposed before investigators, the news channel said the marriage was proposed to take place after the Lok Sabha Elections 2014.

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