Sunanda case: Shashi Tharoor loses cool, calls media 'liars and scum'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 21, 2015 09:02 IST

Former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called members of the media "self-appointed liars and scum" when asked questions on Wednesday about the probe into his wife Sunanda Pushkar's mysterious death last year.

"Scummy channel accuses me of evading questions. I speak to the police & investigators, not to self-appointed vigilante liars. Told them so (sic)," Tharoor tweeted after the incident.

"These vile people have sunk so low today in their venal desire to profit from a personal tragedy that my 17-month-old silence finally cracked… I let myself down by shouting in fury at a badgering hack whom i had often been kind to. Won't again. I regret giving them the satisfaction (sic)," the Congress leader added.

The development came after a court allowed the Delhi Police to conduct lie-detector tests in the Pushkar murder case on three suspects, closely associated with her husband Tharoor.

Tharoor has been questioned thrice in the case so far. Pushkar was found dead in the hotel suite on January 17 last year, days after a public spat on Twitter where she accused her husband of having an affair with Pakistani journalist Mehar Tarar.

In the first week of January this year, the police claimed that Sunanda (51) was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to probe the case, is learnt to be looking into a possible link with the multi-million dollar Indian Premier League.

Police had last week moved an application seeking a lie detection test for the three suspects -- Tharoor's domestic help Narayan Singh, his driver Bajrangi and his friend Sanjay Dewan -- in the murder case.

The police, in a fresh plea, said the suspects were hiding some crucial facts, including details about the injuries on Pushkar's body.

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