Sunanda Pushkar had asked for Sonia Gandhi's appointment: Subramanian Swamy

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday claimed that Sunanda Pushkar had asked for an appointment with Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi and also had a meeting with her political secretary, Ahmed Patel a few days prior to her death.

ANI| Last Updated: Jan 24, 2015, 16:51 PM IST

Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday claimed that Sunanda Pushkar had asked for an appointment with Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi and also had a meeting with her political secretary, Ahmed Patel a few days prior to her death.

"Police has confirmed that Sunanda went out on January 16 to meet somebody. The license number plate of the car is visible in the closed circuit television camera. I also know that on January 6, Sunanda had a word with Ahmad Patel, which means eleven days before she was murdered. She had definitely asked for an appointment to meet Sonia Gandhi," Swamy said.

Swamy further said he had also requested Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to hold an inquiry about why former minister Shashi Tharoor spent three days with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar in Dubai.

"One more thing that I had told Rajnath Singh was that when Shashi Tharoor was a minister, he, on the account of eyewitnesses and what Sunanda had told Nalini Singh, had spent three nights in Dubai with Mehr Tarar. This raises the question of national security because it is alleged that she belongs to the ISI, although her role is not yet known and he was a minister," said Swamy.

Tharoor was interrogated by the SIT earlier this week at the Vasant Vihar police station in South Delhi. According to media reports, he was asked over 50 questions by a team of four officers in the first of three likely rounds of interrogation.

Earlier this month, the police had said that based on available evidence, Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was poisoned. A case of murder was registered on January 6.

Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the five-star Leela Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.

She was married to Tharoor for a little less than four years. It was the third marriage for both. Before her death, Pushkar had publicly accused Tharoor of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist Meher Tarar.

Initially, her death was debated as a possible suicide for months, and it was only this month, that a murder theory began to be considered seriously after doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) maintained that her demise was unnatural.

Tharoor has demanded that the investigation must be "free of political pressure or a pre-determined outcome."