Sunanda Pushkar's death controversy: Shashi Tharoor breaks silence, again

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Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar
New Delhi, July 2: Hours after the recent controversy over his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death, Shashi Tharoor finally broke her silence. Tharoor, who earlier snubbed questions regarding the new controversy, finally appealed people not to speculate about the death mystery of his wife.

Writing on social networking site Facebook, Tharoor on Wednesday, July 2 wrote, "My statement on the current controversy: Upon the tragic loss of my wife Sunanda and from the very beginning, I have requested for a thorough investigation by the authorities to be conducted and concluded rapidly and transparently."

"The Pushkar family has taken the same view and we have all fully co-operated with the authorities. I reiterate my request to bring this protracted inquiry to a clear and definitive conclusion at the earliest, so as to put all speculation to rest," added Tharoor.

The former Congress minister's statement surfaced following BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's latest allegations and a sensational statement of Sudhir Gupta, a doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The doctor claimed that he was asked to produce a tailor-made report in the case, a report published in Zee News said.

The Zee report said that according to another report published in a website, Dr Gupta, who headed the panel that carried out Sunanda Pushkar's post-mortem, said in an affidavit filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) that he was pressurised by former Union minister and AIIMS president Ghulam Nabi Azad to cover up the matter.

Meanwhile, Swamy claimed that Sunanda was killed by some professional as she was expected to expose a few powerful people who were associated with politics, IPL and underworld.

Urging NDA government to take initiate a separate probe into the case, Swamy said, Sunanda Pushkar had said she would expose the IPL deals. Robert Vadra's name would also have surfaced. Autopsy report shows it that there are 12 injury marks on her body, one injection hole and her blood had poison. So the question is if this is unnatural death as autopsy report says then there should be full scale trail in the matter."

52-year-old Sunanda, a Kashmiri pandit, was found dead in Leela Hotel in New Delhi on Jan 17, 2014. The former minister had first found her body and informed police.

Sunanda's sudden death shocked the nation and surprised all as she was declared a dead following a spat between her and one Pakistan-based journalist Mehr Tarar. Sunanda had claimed that her husband had an affair with Tarar and both women were engaged in a shocking dual on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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