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Sunanda Pushkar’s murder probe to end soon: Police

Delhi Police chief Bassi said many people have been questioned and the remaining will be questioned in the next couple of days.


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Published: Fri 16 Jan 2015, 8:26 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:52 PM

Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda at the private party in Dubai. — KT photo by Mohammed Mustafa Khan

New Delhi - The probe into the murder of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar will soon reach its conclusion, Delhi Police chief B.S. Bassi said on Thursday.

Bassi said many people have been questioned and the remaining will be questioned in the next couple of days.

“Our SIT (Special Investigation Team) is investigating the case and will reach its conclusion soon. They are looking into each and every aspect. They have already questioned several people and the remaining will be questioned in the next couple of days,” Bassi told the media.

Asked whether Tharoor will be questioned, Bassi said: “I will not take any specific name. All those relevant will be called for questioning.”

Bassi said the process of sending Pushkar’s viscera abroad for ascertaining the poisonous substance was on.

“In the next two days, the decision over the country will taken,” he said.

Pushkar, 52, was found dead in a south Delhi hotel Jan 17, 2014. Delhi Police had lodged a murder case Jan 1 this year, two days after getting the final autopsy report from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Soon after lodging the FIR (first information report), the SIT questioned Tharoor’s domestic help.

They also questioned two family friends and Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport staff members who reportedly witnessed an alleged heated argument between Tharoor and Pushkar after their arrival from Kerala two days before her death.

Was taken aback by Modi’s congratulatory tweet: Tharoor

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor admitted he was “taken aback” when Narendra Modi congratulated him after he won the Lok Sabha elections, especially after a remark the prime minister had made about his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

“I was surprised because apart from the fact that Modi had not shown signs of reconciliation with an opponent before, he and I had also clashed quite clearly and explicitly 6 to 8 months previously when he had said something nasty about my wife and I responded both on Twitter and television,” he said.

He was referring to a comment made by Modi during the general elections about his late wife Sunanda Pushkar.

“I was surprised. There was both a perception that I had won that particular exchange and also that I would not forgive him for that exchange. I was very impressed. I was taken aback.

“It was a very gracious thing to do. It was associated with messages from well-meaning people claiming assorted degrees of proximity to the new power centre. I did take that as a positive signal,” Tharoor said here.

“He (Modi) had reached out to me once earlier on Twitter but it was definitely politically cynical which was that he appealed to me in joining him to get young voters to register and since that was a cause I already believed in. I had no problems signing on to it.

“And frankly, I didn’t think it was any love lost for me since I had the country’s largest Twitter following among politicians until he overtook me. Since I was still No.2, he had every reason to take my followers onboard.” 

'Media behaving like prosecution, judge, jury'

Shashi Tharoor has hit out at a section of the media for hounding him over the murder of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, saying some anchors were behaving like “prosecution, judge and jury”.

“I been advised not to take any legal action against the media by my lawyers,” Tharoor told CNN-IBN in an interview.

The Congress MP said he enjoys certain rights as a citizen of India and he does not need any special privileges.

“Some anchors are behaving like prosecution, judge and jury. We will take stock of the situation when the time comes. I am not seeking any rights than that I already have as citizen of India,” Tharoor told the news channel.

“Those who are violating all these laws... Who are these people who have the right to know? Why should I cooperate with the media and not with the police investigation?” he asked.


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