Tharoor had alleged frame-up bid

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 00:12 IST

In a letter to Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi in November, Congress MP and Sunanda Pushkar’s husband Shashi Tharoor had accused the police of trying to frame him in the murder by intimidating his staff.

Tharoor, in the letter dated November 12, alleged that police officers associated with the probe into the death of his wife were ‘intimidating’ and ‘repeatedly assaulting’ his domestic help to confess that he, along with Tharoor, murdered Sunanda.

The letter mentions that it was written as a follow up to a phone call that the MP made to Bassi on November 8.

“Thank you for talking to me on Saturday night 8th November, I am writing to place on record the concerns I expressed in my telephone conversation with you that night,” the letter reads.

It further says, “...I was therefore shocked and appalled to learn that in the course of the 16-hour interrogation conducted by four Delhi police officers on Friday the 7th and again during the 14-hour interrogation conducted on Saturday 8th, my domestic helper, Shri Narayan Singh, was repeatedly physically assaulted by one of your officers. Worse, that officer used the traumatic physical assault to try and intimidate Narayan into “confessing” that he and I had murdered my wife.”

The letter comes to light a day after a case of murder was registered in the death of Sunanda Pushkar against unknown persons.

Bassi on Tuesday said an FIR was being registered in the case, almost an year after Pushkar’s body was found in mysterious circumstances in one of the rooms of The Leela hotel on January 17, 2014.

The case, he said, was registered on the basis of a medical report submitted by an AIIMS doctors on December 29.

Tharoor pointed out that the conduct of the police officers “is completely unacceptable and illegal”.

“It also amounts to the use of physical coercion in the attempt to frame an innocent man,” the letter says.

Tharoor reiterated the fact that he and his staff were fully “cooperating with the police inquiry”. “I am fully committed to fully cooperating with the investigations to ensure the timely completion of the enquiry,” the letter says.

Bassi told HT that he had received the letter but rejected the allegations of physical assault and intimidation. “The letter by Tharoor was received and forwarded to the officials concerned. No official used intimidation to frame Tharoor during the course of investigation,” the commissioner told HT.

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