Sunanda Pushkar death case: Shashi Tharoor demands probe 'without political pressure'

Days after the Delhi Police registered a case of murder in the death of Shashi Tharoor's wife, Sunanda Pushkar, the Congress leader broke his silence on Friday and said that though he was completely taken aback by the turn of events, he would fully cooperate with the authorities.

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Shashi Tharoor demands probe 'without political pressure'
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Thrissur: Days after the Delhi Police registered a case of murder in the death of Shashi Tharoor's wife, Sunanda Pushkar, the Congress leader broke his silence on Friday and said that though he was completely taken aback by the turn of events, he would fully cooperate with the authorities.

Addressing the media here he said, “I was completely taken aback. There is no reason for us to believe there could be any foul play in unfortunate demise of my wife,” adding, “If there is anything I, my staff or Sunanda’s staff can do to help the police and we will.”

Tharoor hoped that the investigation would be done in a fair way without any 'political pressure or intervention'.

“I stand by my statement. A speedy, fair and thorough inquiry must be done,” he said.

At the same time the Congress MP from Kerala revealed that he had written to Delhi Police Commissioner yesterday regarding the case and clarified that he was looking at an early opportunity to address the concerns of the police.

“In have been troubled by this conclusion. I have number of questions on my mind in the way the inquiry is being conducted,” he said, adding, “We would like to see that the matter is proceeded in the manner that we can get closure.”

On an emotional note he said that he had lost his wife but had not been allowed to mourn in peace, saying, “My silence not sinister, media should be sensitive.”

Tharoor further said, "Public discussion of issues within the scope of the police inquiry risks compromising a fair and impartial investigation. Hence my silence for a year," adding, "I am not going to engage in public polemics in what is a personal tragedy."

Later Tharoor posted the following on the micro-blogging site:

“Public discussion of issues within the scope of the police inquiry risks compromising a fair and impartial investigation. Hence my silence for a year.”

In another post he thanked those who had who had stood by him.

“Meanwhile many thanks to 100s of you for your concern, faith and solidarity. For the others, if you know there was a murderer, tell the police, not Twitter,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi today said they will be able to provide some "definitive input" in three to four days in Sunanda death case, a day after the SIT quizzed Tharoor's domestic help. He said the Special Investigation Team is now going to look into "each and every aspect".

Answering questions regarding media reports about a mystery man meeting Sunanda Pushkar two days before her death, he said, "Many things will happen and of course many a times you may not be getting precise information, so better wait for some time and as and when we will get something very definitive, we will share it with you," as per PTI.

The SIT had yesterday interrogated Tharoor's domestic help on specific details such as people who met her during the 48 hours prior to her death and the injury marks on her body.

Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered a murder case in connection with Sunanda's death under section 302 of IPC on the basis of an AIIMS medical report that concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning.

An SIT has been formed to investigate the case which has begun the probe from scratch.

With Agency inputs