Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead at a five-star hotel in Delhi.
There was a PCR call at 7.30pm after which her body was found in a room at Leela Kempinski on Africa Avenue, the police said. They said she had checked into the hotel on Thursday. There were no visible injury marks and nothing to suggest poisoning either, said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner (law and order).
The incident comes within 24 hours after Pushkar was involved in a verbal spat with popular Pakistani columnist Mehr Tarar following the alleged hacking incident.
The shocking news comes just a day after Sunanda and her husband Shashi Tharoor were involved in a tweeter controversy, also involving a Pakistani woman journalist.
As the indecorous row surrounding the suave 57-year-old Tharoor escalated, the controversy-prone minister took to Twitter to come out with a joint statement with his wife Sunanda Pushkar to say they were “happily married”, but distressed by “some unauthorised tweets”.
“We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalised this week and is seeking rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy,” said the statement by Tharoor, who married Pushkar in 2010. The row erupted after exchange of some messages involving the three, some of them intimate.
“We are distressed by the unseemly controversy that has arisen about some unauthorised tweets from our twitter accounts,” the diplomat-turned politician said.
Pushkar had accused the 45-year-old Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar of stalking her husband and trying to “break” her marriage when she was away for medical treatment.