Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar died under mysterious circumstances in Hotel Leela Palace. Her body was discovered by her husband Shashi Tharoor when he returned back to his suit post after attending the AICC session in Talkatora Stadium. He then reported the incident to the police. Sunanda’s body was handed over to the AIIMS for autopsy. There were several cut marks on her arms. The injury marks, according to SDM findings were blunt and not forceful enough to contribute to her death. The cause of her death was due to drug overdose, so it was established. It indicated suicide although no suicide note was left by her. The matter was laid to rest.
A few months have passed by. Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor moved on. He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections and won from Thiruvananthapuram constituency. However, the whole incident has certainly dented his image. There was speculation of growing intimacy between Pakistani Journalist Mehr Tarar and Shashi Tharoor. Mehr Tarar was also accused of being an ISI agent. While there was turmoil in their relationship, a day before the tragedy occurred, both had made an appearance before the press and had insisted that all was fine between them, thus laying speculations to rest. However, the next day Sunanda was found dead in her hotel room.
A report of accidental death was filed. The whole incident took a U-turn when Dr Sudhir Gupta, the forensic head in AIIMS said that he was forced to give a false autopsy report due to pressure by one of Tharoor’s ministerial colleague. AIIMS was quick to respond with a press conference that Dr Gupta had not acted under any pressure. However, Gupta stuck to his stand. The clarification from AIIMS came hours after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that Sunanda was murdered and proper investigation had not taken place.
This is a high profile case which hangs between suicide and murder. The case should be re-investigated. God knows how many skeletons are yet to come out of the closet. There are also speculations that Sunanda had threatened to disclose some controversy related with the IPL. Perhaps this could have led to her death? Tharoor had deleted conversation had by him with Tarar from his BlackBerry phone.
The truth must come out. Shashi Tharoor is answerable to his countrymen for all his actions as he is a public figure. People have elected him to represent them, not to do any misdeeds. One thing is for certain. Something is hidden in the entire Sunanda case. Let us solve this case as soon as possible.