Sunanda Pushkar’s death: Police quiz Tharoor employees again
The Delhi Police have re-examined Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s driver and domestic help who were with his wife Sunanda Pushkar hours before she was found dead in a five-star hotel in the city in 2014.
Sources said the special investigation team launched another round of questioning in the case last week to try and file a charge sheet before Delhi Police chief BS Bassi retires in February-end. Bassi, sources said, wants the investigation to progress to the next level before he hands over charge to his successor.
The SIT last Thursday questioned five people, including the family’s driver Bajrangi, domestic help Narayan Singh and a chemist from the Lodhi Colony area near the hotel. The chemist was reportedly asked to give details of medicines he sold Pushkar days before her death.
A three-member AIIMS autopsy panel had found anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam — popularly known as Alprax — in Pushkar’s body, a fact corroborated by the FBI, which analysed the viscera samples.
The samples were sent to Washington after the Pune-based Central Forensic Science Laboratory ruled out the presence of Alphrax in Pushkar’s body.
“We have interrogated around five people who were known to the couple. Our senior officers will announce a development in the case soon,” said a police officer, declining to name two other people questioned at the SIT’s Vasant Vihar office.
During an earlier round of questioning, Bajrangi and Singh had told the police that the couple got into a heated argument on January 17, 2014, a day after Pushkar’s Twitter war with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of having an affair with her husband. Singh had even claimed that Pushkar hit Tharoor during the fight. Pushkar’s body was found in the hotel room late that night.
The Delhi Police last year registered a case of murder against unknown persons but investigations are yet to take a concrete shape.