New Delhi, July 5: Sunanda Pushkar's death has been a mystery ever since her body was found out. But in recent developments, the case has grown even more mysterious now with senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and noted lawyer Subramanian Swamy writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a CBI probe into Pushkar's death.
Swamy has claimed that the death of former Union Minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's wife could be linked with money laundering in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Talking to a news channel Swamy said that days before her death Pushkar had wanted to call a press conference to reveal certain details regarding IPL's Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise. These revelations, he felt, could have hurt the interests of many high and mighty who then wanted her eliminated.
Swamy also claimed that though Tharoor was aware of the murder, the Thiruvananthapuram MP wasn't involved in it.
He said that in his letter to the PM, he has suggested setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) which should include members of the Intelligence Bureau and as well as the Enforcement Directorate "in view of the fact that the cause of death could have something to do with her threat of disclosure of the money laundering in the IPL scam, involving the son-in-law of a powerful political figure of the UPA".
"I urge you to set up a SIT under the Central Bureau of Investigation with not only IB and RAW nominees but also of the Enforcement Directorate in view of the fact that the cause of death could have something to do with her threat of disclosure of the money laundering in the IPL scam, involving the son-in-law of a powerful political figure of the UPA," the letter said.
Swamy in his letter said the death has been "hanging fire till today" and that the "FIR registered in the matter has not been acted upon and the final report has yet to be filed".
In his letter, he mentioned the post mortem report, which had stated that Pushkar had 12 major injuries on her body and forearm. Swamy said "it seemed like an injection" was administered to her.
It further said an affidavit filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) by Gupta has fully re-opened the issue. "Hence in these circumstances, a SIT inquiry should be set up on your direction."
Swamy said that he could file a petition seeking a probe by the Supreme Court into Pushkar's death.
Swamy claimed that Tharoor was aware of the murder
"Sunanda Pushkar had said that if she would expose IPL deals, Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's name would also have surfaced. Sunanda Pushkar was killed and there should be an inquiry into it by Supreme Court," Subramanian Swamy was quoted as saying by leading news channels.
"I am going to file a petition in Sunanda Pushkar death probe by the end of July," the BJP leader further added.
The post mortem report had said the cause of death was "sudden" and Pushkar died of "drug overdose."
The autopsy report had shown "Alprazolam poisoning" and also stated that "all the injuries were caused by blunt force, simple in nature and not contributing to death, produced during a scuffle.
With agency inputs