Sunanda Pushkar death: Investigations still on, Shashi Tharoor requests privacy

After a long silence former Union Minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday answered questions regarding the inquest into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar and requested 'privacy' from media over the matter.

New Delhi: After a long silence former Union Minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday answered questions regarding the inquest into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar and requested 'privacy' from media over the matter.

When asked about the report by the three-member panel of doctors, who had conducted the autopsy on his wife, that she died of poisoning, Tharoor told reporters at Coimbatore: "I had made it very clear that I would not react until police investigations are through."

"My family is waiting for the conclusive report and leave us at peace until then," he said. When reporters tried to raise more questions, Tharoor said "be sensitive to the privacy."  

Meanwhile Sunanda Pushkar's son Shiv Pushkar Menon requested the Delhi Police to conclude the inquiry into his mother's death expeditiously and impartially and expressed dismay at people "conjecturing" on the cause of her 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 "expeditiously and impartially".

"The tragic loss of my mother has already caused too much agony to 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."

Sunanda was found dead in a 5-star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 after her Twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Shashi Tharoor.

Delhi Police said that the fresh report submitted by AIIMS doctors on the reasons for Sunanda's death was "inconclusive" and it may go for advanced forensic tests.  

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