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Sunanda Pushkar death: Shashi Tharoor calls for swift investigation

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Shashi Tharoor, whose wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a Delhi hotel room on Friday, has called for a swift investigation so that the truth “emerges at the earliest”.

The Indian minister has appeared before a magistrate probing the death of Sunanda Pushkar.

An autopsy found “injury marks” on Sunanda Pushkar’s body, but did not say if they were linked to her death.

The couple became embroiled in a row on Wednesday after Twitter messages suggested Shashi Tharoor was having an affair.

Shashi Tharoor wrote to India’s home minister over the weekend urging him to “issue instructions to the relevant authorities to expedite their investigations and come to a rapid conclusion so that the truth emerges at the earliest”.

He said he was “horrified to read the reckless speculation” over the death in the media.

“I pledge my full and unstinting cooperation. Nothing short of the truth will end the indignity to which my wife and I are being subject at a time when all I seek is to be allowed to grieve in private with her and my near and dear ones,” Shashi Tharoor wrote.

Shashi Tharoor has appeared before a magistrate probing the death of Sunanda Pushkar

Shashi Tharoor has appeared before a magistrate probing the death of Sunanda Pushkar

On Sunday, Shashi Tharoor gave his testimony to a magistrate who is leading the inquest into Sunanda Pushkar’s death.

Doctors said the autopsy showed “certain injury marks on the body of Ms Pushkar, but the nature of these cannot be revealed”.

They said that initial results showed no sign of poison in her body, but more tests would be carried out.

A public row broke out on Wednesday when seemingly private messages between Shashi Tharoor and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar were published on his Twitter feed.

Sunanda Pushkar, 52, said she had gone into her husband’s account and published the messages.


She accused Mehr Tarar of stalking her husband – an allegation denied by the Pakistani journalist.

Sunanda Pushkar and Shashi Tharoor later insisted they were happily married and blamed “unauthorized tweets” for causing confusion.

Shashi Tharoor, a former UN diplomat, was forced to resign from his first ministerial position in 2010 amid controversy over his involvement in bidding for a cricket team.

Sunanda Pushkar had allegedly received a free stake in the Indian Premier League franchise he was bidding for.

Shashi Tharoor was appointed minister of state for human resource development in 2012.

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