In a sensational twist to the mysterious death of Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi Police on Tuesday registered a case of murder after a medical report said her death was unnatural and was caused due to poisoning but nobody has been named as a suspect as yet.
Disclosing this, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi did not rule out questioning Tharoor, now a Congress MP and a former Union Minister.
It was not clear whether she had consumed the poison on her own or it was administered forcefully or by injection, he said.
Nearly a year after 51-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a luxury hotel here on January 17, Delhi Police filed the case of murder under section 302 of the IPC but no one has been named in the FIR.
Sunanda’s death had created a sensation as it came hot on the heels of a bitter spat between the couple over the twitter over his alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
“On 29th December, the medical board of AIIMS has given us a report. The main thing they have informed us is that the death is unnatural and not natural. Secondly, it is due to poison that could have been taken orally given or injected and they have told us other things as well,” Bassi said.
Bassi said since tests to find out the quantum and nature of the poison cannot take place in India, the police have decided to send samples abroad for examination.
“So it was necessary that a case be registered. We have registered a case and we will investigate,” he said .
Asked whether Tharoor would be questioned in the light of the latest development, Bassi said, “Now as we have registered a case of murder, all those people who were connected with the case will be examined.”
Bassi said the AIIMS report has not specified the nature of the poison and how it was administered into her body. The substance is still not clear but the death is due to poisoning, he said.
Asked why a case was being registered one year after the incident, he said the medical report which the police got initially was “interim”.
The doctors needed certain information which was gathered and given to them, he said, noting after that they demanded some more information.
“Now they (doctors) have given us some conclusions on the basis of available information. So on the basis of that report it was necessary to file a case and proceed further in the probe,” Bassi said.
The report has not given definitive conclusion about how poison was present in the body but it has suggested more possibility of injection having been administered, he said.
Tharoor shocked, offers to cooperate with probe
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said he was “stunned” over Delhi Police registering a murder case in connection with death of his wife Sunanda a year ago and sought “full information” from the investigators on basis of which the conclusion was arrived at.
“I am stunned to hear that the Delhi Police have filed a case of murder against unknown persons in the demise of my late wife Sunanda. Needless to say I am anxious to see this case is investigated thoroughly and continue to assure the Police of my full cooperation,” Tharoor said in a statement posted on Facebook.