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Shashi Tharoor questioned by Delhi Police on alleged murder of wife Sunanda Pushkar

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was questioned for the second time on the alleged murder of his wife Sunanda Pushkar a year ago. He was reportedly questioned along with five others, including his help and driver.

Mr. Tharoor was last questioned on January 19, when he was reportedly asked over 50 questions by a team of four officers.

The Delhi Police say today’s session is linked to the questioning of Shiv Menon, the son of Sunanda Pushkar by a previous marriage, earlier this month.

“We wanted to clarify some facts after Shiv Menon’s statement,” Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said.

Sources say the Indian Premier League may have come up during the questioning. Mr. Tharoor had to resign as union minister in 2010 after accusations of corruption linking him to the cricket franchise for his home state of Kerala. Ms. Pushkar was allegedly given stakes worth about $15 million (around Rs. 94 crore) for free.

The Tharoors’ domestic help Narain Singh and driver Bajrangi have also been questioned before.

On January 6, the police launched a murder inquiry after stating that Ms. Pushkar, who was 52, was poisoned, but did not name a suspect. Mr. Tharoor said that he was stunned to discover the police believe she was killed.

Ms. Pushkar was found dead in her bed in a hotel suite on January 17, days after she publicly accused her husband of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.

The police have questioned some 20 people, including friends, aides and staff members of the Tharoors, who married in 2010. Politician Amar Singh and journalist Nalini Singh have also been questioned.

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