Sunanda murder case: How the cops plan on questioning Meher Tarar
Since Tarar, a journalist is based in Pakistan, it may be difficult to summon her as it would require the intervention of various ministries.
However, if Tarar decides to come down to India, then a major part of the problem for the Delhi police will be sorted out. While Tara who is a crucial witness in the Sunanda case has agreed in principle to cooperate with the probe, it is still unclear whether she would come down to Delhi or not.
She could be sent a questionnaire:
Delhi police sources tell OneIndia that Tarar is not an accused in the case and hence her presence in India is not absolutely necessary. She is a witness in the case and hence there are various other options available to record her statements.
While our first attempt would be to tell her to come down to India and record her statement, we can also send a questionnaire if certain formalities cannot be completed. A written questionnaire is admissible under the court of law.
The other option would be through video conferencing and the courts in India accept this as evidence too, the officer pointed out.
Trial through video conferencing:
The Delhi police say that Tarar is extremely important to the case. Sunanda when alive had flung a series of allegations against her and even accused her of being part of the ISI.
Once the investigations are complete and a chargesheet is filed, Tarar's presence would be required during the trial. It may be difficult to bring her down for the trial considering the difficult formalities that are there where Paksitan is concerned.
However we could get her to testify through video conferencing. Tarar would also need to obtain permission from the Paksitan government if she has to depose in the case. If they do not grant her permission, then her questionnaire can always be made available in court, the Delhi police also state.
What does the Delhi police want to know?
The Delhi police has already readied the questionnaire for Mehr Tarar. She will be asked if she shared any relationship with Shashi Tharoor, which could have been the cause of the spats.
It is very clear from Sunanda's tweets and statements that she was accusing Tarar of being close to her husband. Tarar's questionnaire would focus a lot around her relationship with Tharoor.
Both Tharoor and Tarar have denied any such relationship. When the Delhi police had questioned Tharoor he too was asked about the relationship with Tarar, but he had denied allegations made by his wife and also said that they had even clarified the same a few days before her death.
Delhi Police Commissioner B.S Bassi said that Mehr Tarar will be questioned in the case "Mehr Tarar is a relevant witness and the SIT has realized need the to speak to her. We are examining how exactly they can proceed in the matter," he also said.