Delhi Police's decision to register a case of murder and further probe the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar has rekindled hope among her kith and kin of getting justice, which they allege had been denied to them.
Ashok Kumar, 52, a cousin brother of Sunanda who runs a provisional store at Talab Tillo, Jammu while talking to HT said reopening of the case is an apparent indication that his sister was murdered and had not committed suicide.
"We have been pleading at all quarters since her death to probe the case clinically as we are of strong suspicion that Sunanda could not have killed herself and was murdered," Kumar said.
Ashok said that the erstwhile UPA government had tried to hush up the case as a couple of top ministers, including the then human resource minister and Sunanda's husband Shashi Tharoor, were suspected to be involved in the case.
Delhi Police on Tuesday registered a murder case against unknown persons in Sunanda's death under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code on the basis of an AIIMS medical report, which concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning.
"Earlier the medical report was also tampered with," said Ashok kumar adding that as soon one of the culprits is put under tough investigation, other names would also be revealed.
Sunanda Pushkar and her family like lakhs of other Kashmiri Hindus had migrated from Kashmir Valley due to eruption of insurgency in 1990 and were putting up at Channi Himmat in Jammu.
Sunanda married Tharoor in 2010 had spent some years in Jammu before shifting to Mumbai.