New Delhi, Jan 18 IBNS | 6 months ago

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate will on Saturday record the statement of Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, whose wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead at Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi on Friday.


Tharoor's statement will be recorded after Pushkar's funeral scheduled to be held at 4.30 pm.

The police said they will speak to the minister after taking into consideration his health condition.

The police also said they are waiting for Pushkar's post-mortem examination report based on which they will question Tharoor.

Tharoor, who was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) late Friday night after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness, was discharged on Saturday.

Hours after his ailing wife was found dead in a Delhi hotel on Friday, Tharoor was first admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), but was later shifted to the general bed after doctors declared him to be out of danger.

Tharoor was kept under observation before he was discharged on Saturday.

Pushkar was found dead at Leela Palace Hotel, fuelling speculations on the cause of her demise since the couple (Tharoor and she) was caught in a controversy over their "hacked" Twitter account and some tweets that involved a Pakistani woman journalist, Mehr Tarar, linked to Tharoor romantically.

Kashmir born Sunanda Pushkar was 52. She was a sales director in the Dubai-based TECOM Investments, and a co-owner of Rendezvous Sports World. She had last tweeted to an acquaintance that she was sick and if she died she would go from the world smiling.

Whether she committed suicide or died from her sickness- she said she had also got tuberculosis- was not immediately known.

Media reports had also suggested some marital discord between Pushkar and Tharoor but in one of her last interviews she said she loved her husband and would not leave him while slamming Mehr Tarar for stalking her husband and even called her an ISI agent.

Pushkar was found dead in room number 345 at around 8.30 pm after Tharoor returned to the five-star hotel attending the All India Congress Committee (AICC) session for the whole day.

Her body was discovered after the door of her room was broken open.

(Posted on 18-01-2014)