Tharoor to be questioned by Wednesday

RSTV Bureau

sunanda_pushkarCongress MP Shashi Tharoor will be questioned by the Delhi Police in the next two days in connection with the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar a year back and a notice has been served on him for it, Police Commissioner B S Bassi said on Monday.

The police chief maintained that all those people relevant in the case are being examined by the Special Investigation Team probing the high-profile case.

Asked when would Tharoor be questioned and whether a notice has been served, Bassi said, “Notice has been issued and he may be questioned today, tomorrow or day after tomorrow.”

“I can assure you that our objective is to complete our investigation as soon as possible. I understand Mr Tharoor can be examined soon by the SIT,” Bassi said.

Asked whether Tharoor will be questioned at his home or somewhere else, the police chief said that the SIT will take a call, “wherever they will find it convenient they will do it”.

On the number of times the former union minister can be questioned and for how long, he said, “I cannot say at this moment. May be it could be for few minutes may be it could be a longer exercise”.

Asked about reports that the then I&B Minister Manish Tewari, who was travelling on the same flight from Tiruvananthapuram to Delhi on January 15 on which Tharoor and Sunanda had a bitter spat can also be questioned in the case, he did not rule out the possibility.

“See I would like to tell you that everybody who has information in this case, we will talk to them…and look at specifics which throw light. Sharing specific details will not be possible,” he said.

“I have told you that we want to proceed as fast as possible in this case and for that purpose our intention is to quickly finish questioning all the people related to the case so that we can decide whether there is any need to question others after examining,” he said.

52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five-star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on micro-blogging website twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

When reporters asked Bassi about BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s tweet alleging that Tharoor wrote to an investigating officer in the case in December, the police chief saw nothing wrong with it, saying anybody can write a letter to them.

“So if anything is being said by Mr Tharoor, as said by you, if it would be relevant, it would be part of our investigation and if it is not relevant, it won’t be part of investigation,” said Bassi while adding that the police have not replied to any of Tharoor’s letters.

Sunanda’s viscera samples have to be sent to a foreign lab in the US or the UK to determine the nature and quantity of the poison which caused her death, according to the police. The police chief said that the process to send her viscera samples to a lab abroad is on.

Some of those questioned in the case so far include Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, family friend Sanjay Dewan, the hotel doctor who pronounced her dead and hotel staff including its manager.