Distraught Sunanda claimed she was being used as a sounding board

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New Delhi, Jan 22: In a shocking statment by a very close friend of Sunanda Pushkar, it has been revealed that she was taking "fistful" of medicines just a few days before her death. She is also claimed to have exhibited a bizzare behaviour as she claimed that the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush used her as a sounding board.

Tej Saraf, 77, hosted Ms Pushkar and her husband Tharoor at his Goa home in December 2013. He said that during the entire trip, Pushkar fainted twice, once at the beach and on a boat. "She wasn't eating well, she wasn't sleeping well. She was in a distraught condition," he said, expressing that he was willing to testify tothe police.

Sunanda Pushkar

He further said,"Sunanda was taking fistfuls of medicines and I told her also that 'what are these for', and she said' I don't sleep very well and I haven't slept for years and so I have Alprax and various painkillers. In fact we did tell her that this was dangerous."

Answering the question why he spoke one year after the murder last year, he said,"I was appalled over the last few weeks by statements being made by various people particularly that lupus was a red herring. I decided to break my silence and tell you what happened during her stay with us over the New Year."

Unlike medical reports, which said that Sunanda did not have any serious medical condition, Saraf revealed that Sunanda had herself mentioned about the ailment, to which he had suggested a doctor. However, Sunanda never appeared there.

"She told me about lupus two years ago for the first time. My son offered to introduce her to a doctor who is a world authority on lupus but she never showed any interest,"he said.

Mr Tharoor was forced to resign as the Unon Minister on charges of corruption. Ms Pushkar, who was not married yet was gifted an equity worth Rs 70 crore by the Kerala franchise of the IPL. Meanwhile, Delhi Police Chief BS Bassi said that the investigation will look at "the IPL angle."

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