Conclude inquiry impartially, expeditiously: Sunanda Pushkar's son

Days after the medical team probing the high-profile death case of Sunanda Pushkar concluded that she died of poisoning, her husband former Union Minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and son Shiv Pushkar Menon broke their silence on Saturday. 

New Delhi: Days after the medical team probing the high-profile death case of Sunanda Pushkar concluded that she died of poisoning, her husband former Union Minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and son Shiv Pushkar Menon broke their silence on Saturday.

While the former said that he has always been cooperating with the police and is awaiting their report, the latter asked the Delhi Police to conclude the inquiry into his mother's death expeditiously and impartially. 

According to news reports, Shiv also expressed dismay at people "conjecturing" on the cause of her mother's death.   

In a statement, Shiv, currently in Dubai, termed the recent speculation in the media surrounding the death of his mother as "deeply disturbing" and said he joins his stepfather Shashi Tharoor in again requesting the investigating officers to conclude the inquiry.

"The tragic loss of my mother has already caused too much agony for all of us. We have full faith in the police and hope that the unvarnished truth regarding her death would soon be known.

"I am dismayed to see so many people conjecturing on the cause of death on the basis of leaks and without knowing the complete facts. We request everyone to wait for the conclusion of the inquiry. We demand that the police give us a copy of their report as soon as it is completed," Shiv said.

He also hit out at his mother's cousin for seeking a CBI inquiry in view of Sunanda's unnatural death saying, "as to the so-called member of the family who has been garnering media attention, I wish to point out that he has had no contact of any kind with my mother in several years and that we have never met.

"I reject his sudden new-found concern for her and utterly dismiss his claim to speak in any way for our family," Shiv added. 

Earlier in the day, opposition parties in Kerala demanded an independent and comprehensive probe into the death of former union minister Sashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Tharoor, two-time Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram constituency, said he would react only after the probe gets over.

The demand came after Pushkar's latest post-mortem report, leaked Thursday, stated "poisoning" to be the cause of her death. Pushkar, 52, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in her room at a five-star hotel in Delhi Jan 17.

C Divakaran, Communist Party of India legislative party leader, said the only way the truth can come out was not an CBI probe but only a team appointed and supervised by the Supreme Court will be able to come out with what had happened.

"Just because Tharoor won the Lok Sabha polls does not absolve him. After all he is the husband and he should take the lead in finding out what really happened to his wife, so are people here," said Divakaran in Thiruvananthapuram.

Echoing Divakaran, Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan said a comprehensive probe was needed to find the truth.

"There is a mystery in this case and the people would like to know the truth and for that it can be done only if there is a comprehensive probe," he said.

In Palakkad, Tharoor said he has no comment to offer in this case as the probe is already on.

"I know what you are going to ask me, I have nothing to say and the only thing I have to say as I have said always said is let the ongoing probe be over. Let them look into all aspects," he told reporters.

"Once the probe is over, I will react," said Tharoor, who is in Palakkad on a personal visit. 

With Agency inputs 

 

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