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Shashi Tharoor likely to be questioned again in Sunanda Pushkar case

Sources in Delhi police said court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test on Tharoor was likely to be sought soon as the investigators were trying to take the high-profile case to a logical conclusion.

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Investigators probing the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar may again question her husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and move court soon seeking lie detector test on him even as a long-awaited FBI report of her viscera samples said she died of poison.Sources in Delhi police said court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test on Tharoor was likely to be sought soon as the investigators were trying to take the high-profile case to a logical conclusion. The investigators have so far conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoors’ domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned thrice in the case. 52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a five-star hotel suite on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor. The sources said Tharoor is likely to be questioned again as the eight-page FBI report of Sunanda’s viscera broght to fore certain details crucial to the probe. The police will soon submit the report to court.The report received via e-mail on Tuesday, suggested that Sunanda died of some poison, which they have named, said sources. However, police have so far refused to disclose the type of poison mentioned in the report.Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said the report from the Washington DC-based laboratory of FBI would soon be handed over to a medical board for examination.”The FBI lab had conducted analysis of various substances.And this should give an indication (as to the reason behind her death) once the doctors go through the report,” said Bassi. The report has ruled out the theory of the variant of a radioactive element named Polonium having caused Sunanda’s death, Bassi said, adding that radiation levels in her viscera samples were “within the standard safety norms”. Analysis of the report shall take time and, even after submission in court, it shall only be shared once all the legal issues connected with it have been studied, he said.The viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington DC in February to determine the kind of poison that killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention any specific substance.The police are also expecting a more detailed version of the report in the next few days, said sources. Reacting to the developments, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his opinion that poisoning was the cause of death. He added that the “domain is much more large”, when specifically asked whether Polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, had caused the death.”There are findings that confirm that the death was due to poisoning. We concluded by eliminating the other causes of her death,” Gupta said. In January, police had claimed that Sunanda was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons.Three others — S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru, had also undergone the polygraph test. The police team probing the case has so far questioned at least 15 people. Tharoor, his staff members and close friends were among those questioned by Delhi Police. Sunanda’s son Shiv Menon was quizzed by the SIT on February 5. Police sources had said that Menon was asked about the relationship between Tharoor and Sunanda

Can’t share details of FBI report on Sunanda Pushkar’s death until submission in court: Delhi Police

Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Tuesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report

Sunanda Pushkar

The details of the FBI report that has virtually ruled out ‘polonium poisoning’ as the cause of Sunanda Pushkar’s death cannot be made public before its submission in court, Delhi Police said on Wednesday.”The report cannot be made public at least till the time we send it to the court,” said Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi. Even as the report was reviewed by a panel of the senior- most police officials today, Bassi added that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has been set up to probe the case has not yet been handed over the report for analysis. Analysis of the report shall take time and, even after submission in court, it shall only be shared once all the legal issues connected with it have been studied, the top cop said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Tuesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report. Bassi had said that the report from the Washington D.C.- based laboratory would be soon handed over to a medical board for examination before further action is taken in the case.Sources in police had said that SIT is likely to summon Tharoor again for questioning. They are also likely to seek court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test (lie detector test) on the former Union minister.Investigators have so far conducted polygraph tests on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple. Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned.According to sources, the eight-page FBI report, received via e-mail around nine months after the samples were sent for examination, has named the alleged poison that led to Sunanda’s death two years ago. The viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in February to determine the kind of poison that may have killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention any specific substance.Reacting to the development, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his opinion that poisoning was the cause of death. However, he said that the “domain is much more large”, when specifically asked whether Polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, had caused Pushkar’s death.

Details of FBI report on Sunanda Pushkar can’t be made public before submission in court: Delhi Police

New Delhi: The details of the FBI report that has virtually ruled out ‘polonium poisoning’ as the cause of Sunanda Pushkar’s death cannot be made public before its submission in court, Delhi Police said on Thursday.

“The report cannot be made public at least till the time we send it to the court,” said Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi.

Even as the report was reviewed by a panel of the senior-most police officials on Thursday, Bassi added that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that has been set up to probe the case has not yet been handed over the report for analysis.

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

Analysis of the report shall take time and, even after submission in court, it shall only be shared once all the legal issues connected with it have been studied, the top cop said.

Radiation levels in the viscera samples of Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, were “within the standard safety norms”, Delhi Police had said on Wednesday as they shared the findings of the FBI report.

Bassi had said that the report from the Washington DC-based laboratory would be soon handed over to a medical board for examination before further action is taken in the case.

Sources in police had said that SIT is likely to summon Tharoor again for questioning. They are also likely to seek court’s permission to conduct a polygraph test (lie detector test) on the former Union minister.

Investigators have so far conducted polygraph tests on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh and driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple. Tharoor was not subjected to the test but was questioned.

According to sources, the eight-page FBI report, received via e-mail around nine months after the samples were sent for examination, has named the alleged poison that led to Sunanda’s death two years ago.

The viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in February to determine the kind of poison that may have killed her after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention any specific substance.

Reacting to the development, AIIMS forensic head Sudhir Gupta stuck to his opinion that poisoning was the cause of death. However, he said that the “domain is much more large”, when specifically asked whether Polonium-210, a radioactive isotope, had caused Pushkar’s death.

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Sunanda Pushkar did not die of radioactive poisoning, says FBI report

The reports confirm that no polonium was used in poisoning Pushkar, but also provide the police the name of the poison.

Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Shashi Tharoor

FBI lab reports of Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera sample have ruled death by polonium or any other radioactive substance, reports the Hindu. Reports sent to Indian authorities have hinted that the radioactive substance present in the body had not reached toxic levels, which could have resulted in a fatal consequence.Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi told the Hindu that “some facts related to the case” would be disclosed soon. The reports confirm that no polonium was used in poisoning Pushkar, but also provide the police the name of the poison used, says the Hindu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The name of the poison would now take the Special investigating team, which is probing the alleged murder, to its procurement as well as how it was administered into the body of Sunanda.Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in hotel Leela Palace on January 17, 2014. She along with her husband and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor had checked into the hotel a couple of days before her death. The couple had been having major arguments in the days leading to her death. Sunanda had also given an interview to news channels, and exchanged in a Twitter war with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, via her husband’s account.The post mortem report hinted at the presence of isotopes in the body but the nature could not be detected at Indian labs forcing the authorities to send the samples abroad nine months ago.

Gentlemen, beware the femme fatale: The lesson India is learning from the Indrani Mukerjea case

Oh, India has found its ‘Gone Girl’. Apparently Indrani Mukerjea, who now stands accused of murdering her own daughter, is our desi Amy Dunne. Thanks to wall-to-wall newspaper spreads, hashtags and ominous background scores accompanying her story on news television, you’ll have no problem imagining Indrani stumbling out of a car, dripping blood, her dress crumpled and soiled but Vogue-worthy nevertheless.  For example, if you have read this Times of India article – the same one which calls her ‘Gone Girl’ – the picture in your head will be quite defined. It quotes Indrani’s acquaintance describing her as a woman with ‘diabolical eyes’. To make sure that the readers have no doubt about her Satanical qualities, the same article turns her husband Peter Mukerjea into a foil, a man with an “innocent demeanor”.

This story has stopped being about the murder of Sheena Bora long back. It is now about Indrani Mukerjea – attractive, expensively-dressed, sipping cocktails in exotic locations in most photos accessed by the media. Perhaps a murderer. Were you also thinking gold-digger, social climber, Machiavellian? Bingo.

In a Business Standard column imaginatively titled ‘Of ruthless social climbers and Indrani Mukerjea’, Shyamal Majumdar attempts to demystify people ‘who don’t mind leaving more than claw marks on people around them in their march to the top’. He begins by stating that Indrani, named Pori by her parents, had no wealth, or lineage to ever make it to the ‘upper crust’ which in his mind can only be accessed with what we call ‘old money’. He then tells us what helped Indrani gatecrash the sanctum sanctorum of this ‘swish set’ was ‘naked ambition’.

Indrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: FacebookIndrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: Facebook

Indrani Mukerjea. Image courtesy: Facebook

In short, beware the ambitious woman. Majumdar has strong advice for the whisky-sipping top executive who might fall headlong into her deadly cleavage. Men, after all, have no capacity for restraint.

“Next time you are in one of those countless cocktail parties, look out for those who come in designer labels from head to toe and start scanning the room for bigger fish even while chatting with you. They will do anything to make sure you know the cool, exclusive, elitist things they are doing,” he warns.

While Majumdar has been straightforward in his warning, most other newspapers have taken the roundabout way to help you feast on the ‘sordid’ past of Indrani Mukerjea and warn you against the deadly attraction of the femme fatale. Almost everyone has carried a ‘family tree’, with three arrows emanating from Indrani’s face and leading to the names and thumbnails of three men.

They in turn, lead to the children they have.

The point of the infographic is very simple – to elicit a ‘OMG, how many men has she had’ gasp. In India, a woman who admittedly has been in relationships with more than one man in her life, has always been subject of much shock, awe and suspicion. In the Indrani Mukherjea case, her love life, her multiple husbands, her Page 3 status are all becoming arrows pointing to the crime she stands accused of.

In India, the femme fatale is supposed to revile, as much she is supposed to fascinate. We raise our eyebrows at the men on her arm and wonder about her antecedents. Remember the time news broke that Shashi Tharoor was set to marry Sunanda Pushkar?

After the country was done asking, “Sunanda, who?”, there were elaborate reports on her earlier marriages. Sunanda was married twice before she married Tharoor. A recurrent theme on almost every report on Sunanda was her previous husbands, especially her first husband who had allegedly committed suicide.

The Indian Express‘ profile of Sunanda Tharoor reads uncannily like the ‘profiles’ of Indrani Mukerjea, tracing her life as Pori Bora in Guwahati.

The city that judges you by the size of your house as well as the size of your diamond never quite noticed her. But now,the most fashionable boutiques want her as a client She had the socialite uniform: blonde streaks,manicured nails and diamonds that glittered in the sun. Yet Dubai’’s high society is only now discovering Sunanda Pushkar,” goes the 2010 article on Sunanda Pushkar.

Pushkar might have had her blonde streaks but what we want to know are whether her roots are showing. The rest of the article has quotes from gossip columnists and socialites, who take turns to establish that Sunanda Pushkar was as nobody that a nobody can get before she got engaged to Tharoor. And they all wonder how did she land Tharoor.

Interestingly, Tharoor too was married twice before he married Sunanda. There was not much snooping about his former wives or the conditions under which those relationships ended. In a country filled with stories of businessmen making it from rags to riches and male politicians who rose to great heights from ordinary backgrounds, that narrative is all about the drive of alpha achievers – successful, charismatic, intelligent. Women, who have negotiated power relations successfully to climb to the top have to have something ‘diabolical’ about them, or “Machiavellian”, who hypnotized powerful men by batting their false eyelashes.

So a Smriti Irani will always have keep defending her position as the HRD minister unlike many of her male colleagues, equally unqualified on paper for their ministries. While Lalit Modi’s murky deals were, and rightly so, never traced back to his gender, a great part of the interest in Niira Radia stemmed from the shock at the idea of a woman playing broker between powerful men, and a hot woman at that. In fact, Vinod Mehta, in an article on Niira Radia, started with a quote from Freud on women.

“Freud impatiently asked, what do women want? And was unable to provide an answer. I often wonder what Niira Radia wanted. I speak of her in the past tense although that may be premature…”

The article quickly goes on to the men who wanted to woo Radia. “She lived in a luxurious farmhouse in Delhi. She had men of a certain age queuing up to woo her. (Niira’s mean-spirited critics accuse her of being our very own Mata Hari.) She bought her wardrobe from Italy. She began with almost nothing and in a few years became rich and famous and awesomely well-connected.

Now read that last sentence again: ‘She began with almost nothing…’. The entire paragraph was building up for the innate shock value of that last sentence – the woman who now buys clothes from Italy, actually began with nothing. That sentence could fit right into an article on Sunanda Pushkar, or Indrani Mukerjea.

In Indrani’s story, a recurring note has been how Indrani headed a sinking media venture INX. “Her soaring popularity, however, didn’t help her channels’ fortunes. Despite high profile launches and exciting media campaigns, her network couldn’t make a dent in the hugely competitive broadcast market,” an article in The Indian Express states. Later in the article, while it is stated that the Mukerjeas were accused of bungling INX’s finances, the rest of the article seems to place the venture’s failure on Indrani’s shoulders. The fact that Peter Mukerjea, himself a mega-successful TV business personality in the past, failed at it too and might have been equally culpable in squandering the money is almost never mentioned. That’s perhaps because it doesn’t fall into the scheme of the story, titled, ‘From Pori Bora to Mrs Indrani Mukerjea: The rise of the femme fatale’.  In that story Peter is just a puppet, dumbly following Indrani’s siren call.

Indrani Mukerjea might have murdered Sheena Bora or she might not have. But what is on trial here is not just her but women like her – too ambitious to be of any good. Indrani Mukerjea is being tried in the media not just for her alleged crime but for her lifestyle.

Delhi HC pulls up Sudhir Gupta for ‘delaying tactics’ on AIIMS plea

During the brief hearing, Gupta who had earlier alleged discrimination after he claimed to have refused to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter, said the way his replacement was being sought by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) was not justified.
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The Delhi High Court on Monday pulled up AIIMS forensic department head Sudhir Kumar Gupta for not serving the copy of his reply to the institute and other parties, observing that he was trying to “delay” the proceedings on a plea seeking his replacement.”Counsel for petitioner (AIIMS) says that he has not received the copy of reply which has been filed by the respondent (Gupta). It has been found that copy of reply was posted at the address of AIIMS, which appears to be a delaying tactics on the part of respondent,” a bench of Justices G S Sistani and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the brief hearing, Gupta who had earlier alleged discrimination after he claimed to have refused to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter, said the way his replacement was being sought by All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) was not justified.”Earlier, the convention adopted by the institute in replacing the head of a department was that either the incumbent was unavailable or he or she resigns from the post, only in those cases a new person was appointed,” Gupta’s counsel Senior Advocate Amarendra Sharan said. To this, the bench observed, “you can’t continue to be a head of department forever.” The counsel then alleged that Dr D N Bhardwaj, whose appointment as the new head of the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department is being sought by AIIMS, is not a competent person to hold the post.”He (Bhardwaj) has Parkinson’s disease and he is the person who has left a bullet during an autopsy of victim in a Ponty Chadha case,” Sharan alleged, adding that Bhardwaj does not deserve to be the head of a department.To this, the bench said “may be he has Parkinson’s disease of a very initial stage. This can’t be a ground for not allowing a person to be a head of department.” The bench then posted the matter for September 3. On July 1, the court had sought Gupta’s response on a plea by AIIMS seeking its permission to appoint Bhardwaj as the new head of its forensic department.The application was moved by AIIMS against the backdrop of the court’s March 25 direction asking the institute to take its permission before replacing Gupta. The court order had come on Gupta’s plea challenging a March 4 decision of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) rejecting his charge that one Dr O P Murty was promoted after purging his seniority, with the purpose of obtaining a “tailor-made report” in the sensational murder case of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor.Gupta had also alleged that AIIMS had illegally purged his seniority with “malafide intention” to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in the autopsy matter. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had also filed an application seeking court’s permission to be heard in the matter. Swamy informed the court that even though the issue related to service matter, the alleged controversy was of public interest and so he wanted to address the court on it.The BJP leader said that Gupta’s decision not to give favourable report in the Pushkar case was correct. In its application, AIIMS had said that Bhardwaj was senior to Gupta by four years and the latter had not challenged the former’s seniority either before CAT or in the high court.Absolving former union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of the charge of any wrong-doing, CAT had said “the email sent by Shashi Tharoor, the then Union Minister, to Dr Rajiv Bhasin, on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr Adarsh Kumar, Member Secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS, do not reveal anything to show that any pressure was put on the applicant to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar’s case.” In his complaint before the tribunal, Gupta had alleged he was asked to prepare tailor-made autopsy report giving clean chit, irrespective of his professional conclusions, after conducting autopsy on Pushkar’s body.The government had denied the allegations before CAT on August 27 last year, stating that the matter regarding Murty’s promotion was referred to the Department of Personnel and Training and he was promoted only after its clarification.

Why Shashi Tharoor’s a hero and what it says about manic-depressive India

The near-unanimous applause received by Shashi Tharoor for his Oxford speech on whether Britain owed reparations to India for its colonial era depredations tells us more about ourselves than the Congress MP’s oratorical or debating skills.

The man who has repeatedly been sent to the doghouse by his own party for speaking his mind, and, more recently, by a segment of the media that has decided he had something to do with his wife Sunanda’s death, found himself declared a hero by former critics, with even Prime Minister Narendra Modi complimenting him for it.

Image courtesy: PTIImage courtesy: PTI

Image courtesy: PTI

The deficit in the area of applause came from his party leadership, which has so far said nothing on it. Most probably the top leadership does not want heroes outside the family. On the contrary, Sonia Gandhi is alleged to have “scolded” Tharoor for obliquely criticizing his party’s disruptions in parliament – something he denied on TV yesterday (23 July) – just when he was becoming the toast of the town.

While we can leave aside the Gandhi family’s churlishness in failing to compliment one of its own MPs, what needs analysis is why India found Tharoor to be a hero on the basis of one speech when it was willing to believe the worst about him a few days earlier.

My own pop psychology analysis leads me to conclude the following: Indians are desperately seeking heroes we can all admire. Fractious as we are among ourselves on anything and everything, we tend to be manic-depressive when seeking or debunking heroes. Our champ-to-chump cycles of public approval and disapproval are extremely volatile. MS Dhoni can overnight turn from Captain Cool to Captain Fool who can do nothing right, and Tharoor can become instant hero after being consigned to media pariah status for a while. There is never a reversal to the mean in our case: between hero and zero there are no grey zones of balanced assessment; Narendra Modi can be a development messiah one day, or a fascist Hitler the next.

Not only that, we tend to read the same act differently when it involves two different people. If Shashi Tharoor’s speech had been made by, say, Mohan Bhagwat of the RSS, it would probably be seen as boorish behaviour on the soil of his gracious British hosts or the worst type of jingoism.

The sheer variability of our assessments of people and situations indicates deep insecurities and anxieties in us. These insecurities are manifested in how we seek to designate people as heroes, and what we seek in leaders.

Even though Indians have learnt to live more comfortably with diversity and difference than the west, we have still not been able to find commonality in who we find heroic and who we don’t. Hence the need to find heroes in cricket and sport and in speeches against British colonialism. Our Indianness is stronger when we can define a common enemy rather than in any positive purpose. We can’t find common ground on even a Nehru or a Gandhi. The Tharoor speech carried the day with all of us because everyone could agree on Britain as the villain of the piece. He would have been criticized by the Right or the Left if he had chosen to speak on one of our national personalities – whether Nehru or Patel or Netaji or Savarkar. Our internal diversity and mistrust prevents us from agreeing on common heroes. Today the only consensus we have is on Ambedkar, and even this is more because many people don’t want to be politically incorrect about a Dalit icon

Apart from a desperate search for common heroes whom we debunk equally callously when our mood shifts, Indians are schizophrenic on the need for strong leaders. We crave strong leaders who project power because we know otherwise there will be no order in politics (or in any sphere of public life). At the same time, we dislike the stifling nature of the personality cult that afflicts all political parties. Today there is almost no political party that does not accept one-party-one-leader as the norm. Out of the two exceptions, BJP and the Communists, the BJP under Modi has headed in this direction with astonishing political results, and the one party still to embrace this cult (CPM) is heading for the political wilderness.

More than being true democrats, what emerges is this reality: our extreme diversity makes democracy a necessity. What we truly desire in not debate or discussion, but the veto over other people’s preferences. Our insecurities and lack of self-esteem inclines us to accept benign autocracy over collective leadership and democratic debate; and we still put more faith in individuals and caste groups than in institutions and the rule of law. The argumentative india is less about argumentation and debate and more about finding a reason to oppose those we don’t like – as our politicians demonstrate every day.

Tharoor brought us together for reasons that may not last. We are yet to leave our insecurities and low self-esteem behind. This is why we are inclined to see insults when none may be intended; this is why we mobilise around convicted criminals rather than accept the neutrality of law. We have a long way to go in cultivating a true democratic spirit where the law and institutions are above everything else.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Delhi police likely to receive FBI’s viscera report by next month

New Delhi: Delhi Police is expected to receive Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera sample report from FBI by next month which is likely to reveal the kind of poison that is suspected to have caused her death.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Tuesday said that although the report was expected earlier, the “well-trusted lab” would have to be given the time it requires.

Sunanda Pushkar. PTISunanda Pushkar. PTI

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

“The forensic science lab will take the time it requires. There are certain processes and protocols for a chemical examination. I expect the report to come by next month,” he told reporters here.

Sunanda’s viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February to determine the kind of poison after an AIIMS medical board identified poisoning as the reason behind her death but did not mention the type.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police has carried out polygraph tests on six persons, including “three prime witnesses” and is likely to conduct further tests if required.

The investigators hope both the viscera report and polygraph test reports would give a direction to the probe into the high-profile case.

Sunanda was found dead in a five-star hotel suite here on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Sunanda’s husband – Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

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Sunanda Pushkar death probe: Six, including Tharoor’s driver, undergo polygraph test

New Delhi: Six persons including three “prime witnesses” in the Sunanda Pushkar death case were put through lie detector test, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said today amid indication that a number of other witnesses may be asked to undergo the examination.

File photo of Sunanda Pushkar. PTIFile photo of Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

File photo of Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

“Our investigation is continuing and whatever is required to be done will be done. So far we have carried out polygraph tests on six persons. If there is any requirement we will conduct further tests,” Bassi said.

Last month, Delhi Police had approached a city court for permission to carry out polygraph test on Narain Singh, who is domestic help of Sunanda’s husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan.

The court had later allowed the investigators to conduct the polygraph test on the three suspects with their consent.

Three others — S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru, had also undergone the polygraph test.

Asked whether investigators were planning to subject Tharoor to polygraph test, Bassi said he would not like to “speculate”.

“I would not like to speculate but as and when anything of this sort is required we will let you know. But unnecessary speculation is not advisable,” he told reporters.

Tharoor has been questioned thrice in this case. Sunanda was found dead in the hotel suite on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

Investigators said they are trying hard to make breakthrough in the high-profile case and are waiting a report from Federal Bureau of Investigation to know about the kind of poison found in Sunanda’s body.

Her viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February after an AIIMS panel concluded that the poison cannot be detected in Indian labs.

Bassi said the report of the polygraph test on the witnesses is awaited.

Police had accused Singh, Bajrangi and Dewan of concealing “material facts” like a power cut in room no. 345 at Leela Hotel on January 17, 2014 around 7 PM where Pushkar was found dead around 8 PM.

In January, police had claimed that Sunanda (51) was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons.

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Sunanda Pushkar case: Six undergoes polygraph case

Last month, Delhi Police had approached a city court for permission to carry out polygraph test on Narain Singh, who is domestic help of Sunanda’s husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan.

Six persons including three “prime witnesses” in the Sunanda Pushkar death case were put through lie detector test, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said amid indication that a number of other witnesses may be asked to undergo the examination.”Our investigation is continuing and whatever is required to be done will be done. So far we have carried out polygraph tests on six persons. If there is any requirement we will conduct further tests,” Bassi said. Last month, Delhi Police had approached a city court for permission to carry out polygraph test on Narain Singh, who is domestic help of Sunanda’s husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court had later allowed the investigators to conduct the polygraph test on the three suspects with their consent. Three others — S K Sharma, Vikas Ahlawat and Sunil Takru, had also undergone the polygraph test.Asked whether investigators were planning to subject Tharoor to polygraph test, Bassi said he would not like to “speculate”.”I would not like to speculate but as and when anything of this sort is required we will let you know. But unnecessary speculation is not advisable,” he told reporters. Tharoor has been questioned thrice in this case. Sunanda was found dead in the hotel suite on January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.Investigators said they are trying hard to make breakthrough in the high-profile case and are waiting a report from Federal Bureau of Investigation to know about the kind of poison found in Sunanda’s body. Her viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February after an AIIMS panel concluded that the poison cannot be detected in Indian labs.Bassi said the report of the polygraph test on the witnesses is awaited. Police had accused Singh, Bajrangi and Dewan of concealing “material facts” like a power cut in room no. 345 at Leela Hotel on January 17, 2014 around 7 PM where Pushkar was found dead around 8 PM. In January, police had claimed that Sunanda (51) was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons.

Sunanda Pushkar death probe: SIT carries out polygraph test on 3 key witnesses

Last month, the three witnesses–Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help Narain Singh, driver Bajrangi and friend Sanjay Dewan — had agreed to undergo the lie-detector tests.
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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) carries out polygraph test on 3 key witnesses–Sanjay Dewan, Narain Singh and Bajrangi– in Sunanda Pushkar death probe.Last month, the three witnesses had agreed to undergo the lie-detector tests.A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Delhi Police had earlier said that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help Narain Singh, driver Bajrangi and family friend Sanjay Dewan might be “hiding something” including “material facts” and asked a Delhi court for permission to subject them to a polygraph test.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The counsel appearing for the three suspects told the court that their clients have fully cooperated with the police. “The Supreme Court has said that this (polygraph test) is not a relied upon evidence but if the police wants to do this, we are giving the consent,” the counsel said. The counsel also told the magistrate that police should inform the court regarding the questions which they want to ask during the test.”My clients are ready to undergo the polygraph test because we don’t want to give the impression that we are running away from the probe,” the counsel said. The police had said in the plea that on January 17, 2014 Tharoor’s close friend Sanjay Dewan came to the hotel at 5 pm and remained there till the discovery of Pushkar’s death. He could not give plausible reason for cancelling his trip to Mumbai and his coming to the hotel in Delhi, it had said.”He remained silent about the power cut on January 17, 2014 at about 7 pm in room no. 345 at Leela Hotel just before the discovery of the death of Sunanda Pushkar, while he was very much present in the room along with Shashi Tharoor,” the application had said, adding that he did not properly reply to questions regarding the injuries on Pushkar’s body.The police had claimed he did not wake up Pushkar for two and a half hours and also not explained why he preferred Dr Rajan Mohan, who came all the way from Patel Nagar in West Delhi, over the hotel doctor who could come immediately.It had alleged that Dewan did not give proper explanation for sending driver Bajrangi to bring Dr Mohan even without meeting Pushkar in her room. Police had said that Dewan did not produce his cell phone which was required to retrieve the text messages exchanged between him and Tharoor as per the call details. “It shows that he is hiding the material facts related to this case,” it had said.Regarding suspect Narain, police ahd claimed it was found that he had accompanied the Tharoor couple from KIMS Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, and remained with Pushkar in the hotel from January 15-17, 2014 till her death and that he was very well-acquainted with the facts relating to her death.”But he did not disclose how the injury marks had taken place on her body and relations between Tharoor and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar which was a bone of discord between the couple”, the plea had said.It had added that Narain cited the reason for Pushkar’s stay in the hotel to be the ongoing repair work at their residence in Lodhi Estate but it was found that the work was over before her arrival in Delhi on January 15, 2014, and alleged that he had tried to “mislead” the investigation.The police had further said that Narain remained silent on the “issue” on which Pushkar wanted to “expose” Tharoor in a press conference which was to be held on January 17, 2014. It had also said the mobile phone recovered from Narain belonged to Tharoor who could not explain the reason why he was keeping it.The police had mentioned similar reasons with regard to Bajrangi and said he was present in the hotel on January 16-17, 2014 and was acquainted with the facts of the case. “He (Bajrangi) did not disclose about the injury marks present on the body of deceased Sunanda Puskhar. He also did not disclose about relation of Shashi Tharoor with Pakistan journalist Mehr Tarar which was an apple of discord between the couple,” it had said.Tharoor has been questioned thrice in this case so far. Pushkar was found dead in the hotel suite on January 17 last year, days after a public spat on Twitter where she accused her husband of having an affair with the Pakistani journalist. In the first week of January this year, police claimed that Sunanda Pushkar (51) was poisoned, and registered a murder case against unknown persons. A Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to probe the case, is learnt to be looking into a possible link with the multi-million dollar Indian Premier League.

Sunanda case: AIIMS denies pressure on Dr Sudhir Gupta over forensic report

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday said no extraneous pressure was ever put on its forensics department head, Dr Sudhir Gupta, with regard to his medical opinion and dismissed the allegations levelled by him against the institute as ‘baseless’.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday said no extraneous pressure was ever put on its forensics department head, Dr Sudhir Gupta, with regard to his medical opinion and dismissed the allegations levelled by him against the institute as ‘baseless’.”There was no extraneous pressure ever put on Prof Sudhir Gupta with regard to his medical opinion in any case. The allegations levelled against the Institute by Prof Sudhir Gupta in media in this regard arebaseless and denied,” said AIIMS PRO Amit Gupta.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr MC Mishra had earlier filed an affidavit before the Delhi High Court, seeking to relieve Dr. Gupta from his post.Dr. Gupta had been at the center of a controversy after he had claimed that the then-UPA Government at the Centre had put pressure on him to manipulate the post mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife offormer union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.

Shashi Tharoor calls reporters ‘scum’, later says it was directed only at one channel

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lost his cool on Wednesday when he was repeatedly asked questions regarding the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, and called media reporters ‘self appointed liars and scum’.

Shashi Tharoor. PTI/File imageShashi Tharoor. PTI/File image

Shashi Tharoor. PTI/File image

“I speak to the police, not to self appointed liars and scum,” said Tharoor when a reporter repeatedly asked him to comment on the ongoing case.

The incident comes after a court allowed the police to carry out lie-detector tests on three aides in connection with Pushkar’s death.

Later, Tharoor took to Twitter to further criticize the reporter.

But on Thursday morning, Tharoor took to the social media site again to clarify that his comments were directed only to one channel and not towards the media in general.

Delhi Police to conduct polygraph test on 3 persons in Sunanda Pushkar case

Delhi police claim 3 witnesses lied in Sunanda Pushkar’s case, demand polygraph test

In a fresh twist in the Sunanda Pushkar death probe, the Delhi police has told the court that it would like to conduct a lie-detection test on three witnesses.

Alleging that the witnesses were lying and concealing valuable information about the case, the Delhi police Special Investigation Team moved an application in a Delhi court on Thursday demanding polygraph test on the witnesses, a report in The Times of India said.

Domestic help Narain Singh, a friend of Shashi Tharoor, Sanjay Dewan, and the driver Bajrangi have been accused of lying in their statements to the police.

The police has said that the three were close to both Tharoor and Pushkar and were present in Hotel Leela Palace just before Sunanda’s death. All three have been questioned multiple times times in the past by the Delhi Police.

Sunanda Pushkar. APSunanda Pushkar. AP

Sunanda Pushkar. AP

Listing the several times that the suspects tried to mislead the police, the SIT has said their earlier submissions have not been entirely true. Responding to the plea, the court has summoned all three witnesses on 20 May.

52-year-old Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of 17 January last year.

Tharoor had earlier submitted to the SIT data from computers — which included emails and other information in digital form — pertaining to the communication he had had with various individuals and authorities before and after the mysterious death of Pushkar.

With agency inputs

Sunanda Pushkar death: Delhi police receives report on content of mobile phones, laptops

New Delhi: Delhi Police has received a report from Gandhinagar-based Directorate of Forensic Science (DFS) which was tasked to check the contents of Sunanda Pushkar’s laptops and mobile phones and it is being analysed in detail to see if anything was deleted from the gadgets to destroy evidence.

With the DFS report having come, Delhi Police’s SIT that is probing the mysterious death of Pushkar, wife of senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, will again press Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry to share data related to her social media accounts and the people with whom she was in contact over them.

Sunanda Pushkar. PTISunanda Pushkar. PTI

Sunanda Pushkar. PTI

On 20 January, the Delhi Police had handed over two laptops and four mobile phones to Gujarat DFS to retrieve the data.

“We had sent certain equipment for retrieval of data from the forensic science lab, they have retrieved the data and sent the equipment and a detailed report back to us. It is being examined. After its examination, if something of interest comes up, if we need to clarify it from any person that obviously will be done. If it doesn’t, than of course that may not be done,” Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi told reporters here today.

“One week back we had received these equipment and reports, now we are analyzing the data. It is volumes of data and it will take time to analyse it,” he added.

The Special Investigating Team(SIT) has not received the desired information sought so far from social media giants like Twitter and Facebook among others.

“We will ask Twitter, FB and Blackberry to expedite the process and provide us the information that we had sought from them. We will analyse the deleted information and see whather it was deleted as a routine process or it was done with a malafide intention,” said Bassi.

Delhi Police is also waiting for US’ FBI to send their report on the kind of poison which caused Pushkar’s death.

Investigators had sent the viscera samples to the US after AIIMS doctors had said that Indian labs lacked facility to identify the poison which caused her death.

The cause of death, termed “poisoning” by a panel of AIIMS doctors, has remained the biggest mystery of the case as they could not specify the kind of poison and the way it reached Pushkar’s body.

A day before Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel here in January last year, she apparently had a spat with Tarar on microblogging website Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

Tharoor was questioned by the investigators thrice last month that was focused on the IPL controversy, which broke in early 2010 when he was the Minister of State for External Affairs.

52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 last year.

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Sunanda death case: Delhi Police may quiz Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar

52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Tarar on microblogging website Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.

Delhi Police investigating the Sunanda Pushkar death case on Friday said it may question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over whom she fought with her husband Shashi Tharoor before her death last year.Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said Tarar may be questioned, if required, as she may throw light in the case.”If required, we will speak to her as she is a relevant person who can throw light in the case. Our efforts will be to talk to her,” Bassi said when asked whether the SIT probing the case will examine her.Sources in the police said that a formal request may be sent to her through “official channels” to join the investigations.
Tarar had two months back said that she was ready to answer any question on the issue.”If they want to ask me anything…If they want to ask me any question whatsoever that they think…I can answer,” 46-year-old Tarar had said a day after Delhi Police had registered a murder case into Sunanda’s death.52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in her suite at a five star hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17 last year, a day after she was involved in a spat with Tarar on microblogging website Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor.
Tharoor was questioned by the investigators last month.Bassi said investigators have also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US to complete examination of Sunanda’s viscera as soon as possible.A senior police official had gone to the US to give the sample of Sunanda’s viscera to the FBI.The investigators want to confirm the kind of poison which was found in Sunanda’s body by a panel of doctors of AIIMS.The AIIMS report could not find out the kind of poison in her body.
“We had told them (FBI) to do it as early as possible.They follow certain procedures and processes. So it may take some time,” Bassi said.He said, if required, Tharoor will “definitely” be called for questioning again.He said the certain gadgets obtained by the investigators are also being examined.

Tharoor did not influence Sunanda Pushkar’s autopsy, says CAT

New Delhi: Former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has been absolved by the Central Administrative Tribunal of the charge of putting pressure on AIIMS doctor to submit a “tailor-made autopsy report” in the Sunanda Pushkar murder case.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. ReutersCongress leader Shashi Tharoor. Reuters

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. Reuters

A CAT bench comprising members Raj Vir Sharma and Ashok Kumar dismissed the plea of Sudhir Kumar Gupta, Head of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, alleging that AIIMS had illegally purged his seniority with “malafide intention” to punish him for refusing to act unprofessionally in the Sunanda Pushkar autopsy matter.

“The email sent by Shashi Tharoor, the then Union Minister, to Dr Rajiv Bhasin, on January 26, 2014, and the notice dated June 2, 2014 issued by Dr Adarsh Kumar, Member Secretary, Medical Board, AIIMS do not reveal anything to show that any pressure was put on the applicant to submit a tailor-made autopsy report in Sunanda Pushkar’s case,” the panel said.

The CAT, in its order, rejected Gupta’s claim that one OP Murty, also a doctor, was promoted after purging his seniority with the purpose to obtain a tailor-made report in the case.

“The decision having already been taken by the Governing Body on January 16, 2012 and April 14, 2012 to promote respondent no 3 (Murty) to the grade of Professor w.e.f. July 1, 2009, it cannot be said that the postmortem/autopsy of the dead body of late Sunanda Pushkar, who died on January 17, 2014, has any nexus with the process of consideration of respondent no 3’s case for promotion…

“Therefore, the malice attributed by the applicant to the then President and Director of AIIMS is baseless,” the tribunal said.

In his complaint before the tribunal, Gupta had claimed that he was asked to prepare tailor-made autopsy report giving clean chit, irrespective of his professional conclusions, after conducting autopsy of late Sunanda Pushkar.

The Centre, however, had denied the allegations on 27 August 2014, stating that the matter regarding promotion of Murty was referred to the Department of Personnel & Training and he was promoted only after its clarification.

PTI

Nitish Katara murder case: Accused Vikas Yadav, cousin Vishal awarded life term

The Delhi High Court today commuted the death sentences of all three convicted for the 2002 murder of Nitish Katara and while it upheld their conviction, it awarded a prison term of 25 years without remission to the son of Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav’s son, Vikas. The two other convicts, Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehelwan, were also sentenced to 25 and 20 years in jail respectively.

The high court verdict came following the appeal by the trio challenging the death sentence awarded to them by the trial court. The high court also instructed  Vikas and Vishal to pay a Rs 50 lakh each.

The deceased Nitish Katara.

Speaking about the high court’s verdict, Katara’s mother, Neelam told reporters,”Vikas and Vishal will be given 25 years plus five years during where there won’t be remission.”

Although Neelam expressed happiness over the increased duration of jail for the trio, she was unhappy that the high court turned down the prosecution’s plea for capital punishment.

“We will petition the Supreme Court, I think in such cases there should be capital punishment. To the extent that the punishment has been enhanced from a simple life sentence I am happy. But I am disappointed that capital punishment was turned down,” she said.

Vikas, his cousin Vishal Yadav and Sukhdev Pehelwan are already serving life terms for abducting and killing Katara, a business executive and the son of an IAS officer, on the night of 16-17 February 2002. They committed the murder because they were opposed the victim’s relationship with Bharti, DP Yadav’s daughter.

A special bench of justices Gita Mittal and and JR Midha delivered the verdict on the petitions in the 13-year-old case after concluding hearing arguments on sentence against the convicts on 8 December last year.

The court has been hearing arguments on the punishment to be awarded to the three convicts since April 2014.

The convicts have sought leniency in sentencing as well as exemption from death sentence saying they can reform and their actions were not so brutal or gruesome that it deserved capital punishment.

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On the other hand, the victim’s mother, Neelam and the Delhi Police had demanded death for the trio, terming their offence to be the rarest of rare. If not capital punishment, the convicts be handed down an enhanced life sentence, they had contended.

The high court had on 2 April 2014, upheld the verdict of the lower court in the case by describing the offence as “honour killing” stemming from a “deeply-entrenched belief” in caste system.

Katara was abducted and killed by Vikas, Vishal and Sukhdev as they did not approve of the victim’s affair with Bharti because they belonged to different castes, the court had said.

The high court had dismissed the appeals of the convicts and kept pending two separate pleas of the state and Neelam seeking death penalty for them.

Sunanda Pushkar death case: Son Shiv Menon fails to turn up for questioning

The Special Investigation Team of the Delhi Police probing the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar has, over the last month, questioned those known to be close to her. Pushkar’s husband Shashi Tharoor, her friends Nalini Singh and Amar Singh have turned up for questioning but her son Shiv Pushkar Menon, who was to be questioned on Monday, failed to turn up.

As this report in Hindustan Times states, “Menon, who was served a notice by the SIT about four days ago, did not show up on Monday morning, despite confirming his availability for questioning.”

Sunanda Pushkar in a file photo. PTI

Menon, who is Pushkar’s son from her previous marriage lives abroad and was called for questioning on 29 January.

Even as the police remained mum on why he had not arrived in Delhi, The Hindustan Times reports that “Menon was asked to reach the Anti Auto Theft Squad (where the SIT has set-up office) by 10 am. But he did not turn up and the SIT members waited for him till late in the night.”

The officials were supposed to question Menon on whether he was told anything by Pushkar before her death.

A team of Delhi Police probing the murder has already questioned at least 15 people in connection with the case.

Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh was questioned on 29 January.

Singh had told the media that Pushkar was depressed over the IPL fiasco which led to the removal of the Kerala franchise in which she had considerable sweat equity. He added that she had broken down and wanted to reveal information about the IPL controversy to him. But it has not been established that the IPL controversy had anything to do with her death.

Pushkar was found dead in a luxury Delhi hotel room on 17 January, 2014. A murder case was registered by police against unknown people on 1 January this year.

With IANS inputs

I have been defamed day after day: Shashi Tharoor takes on media

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today expressed his disappointment at a section of the Indian media saying “every quote attributed to him in the media was an inaccurate paraphrase”. Tharoor was referring to the reportage on the murder case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. Reuters

“Weak libel laws make it easy for Indian media to defame. My lawyers have advised me not to speak to the media,” Tharoor said at the Kolkata LitFest where he launched his latest book India Shashtra: Reflections on the Nation in Our Time.

Expressing his dismay at the way certain news channels were targeting him, while covering the death of his wife, Tharoor said: “I am being defamed day after day by this particularly obnoxious news channel.”

Tharoor, however, said he was pleased with Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s praise for him. “When PM sent that tweet (for completing the Swachh Bharat challenge), I was taken aback, that was a very gracious thing to do,” Tharoor said.

On Wednesday, Tharoor was mobbed by television reporters after he refused to answer any question related to the murder case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Tharoor who was in Kolkata to attend the inauguration of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) maintained silence as television journalists repeatedly questioned him on the issue.

Soon after, he was mobbed and pushed by the crowd of reporters and camerapersons as security personnel struggled hard to escort him safely to the exit gate.

With PTI inputs

Sunanda Pushkar case: Shashi Tharoor returns to Delhi as probe picks up

As the probe into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar picks up momentum, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday returned to the capital and asserted it was his duty to cooperate in the investigation.”It is my duty to cooperate with the police investigation and not to undermine the probe in any way,” said Tharoor while returning on a flight from Kochi after a fortnight long stay for Ayurveda treatment at Guruvayur. After arriving at IGI airport here, he did not speak to mediapersons present there, and went straight to his house in Lodhi Estate in central Delhi. Policemen have been deployed outside the gates of his residence to avoid any untoward incident, police said.Senior Delhi police officials had on Saturday said that they were not going to question Tharoor for now as they first want to examine all other people related to the case and look into the available evidence. Investigators had also said that they had not come across any IPL cricket league angle in the case so far in the wake of some media reports suggesting it. Pushkar was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17 last, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on microblogging site twitter over an alleged affair with Tharoor.Initially, the Special Investigative Team formed in the case wanted to question Tharoor straight away and a notice asking him to join the probe was also prepared but it was not dispatched at the last moment as the police top brass decided to question everybody else before examining him. Tharoor said he will extend full cooperation in a “fair” investigation and demanded a professional police probe without any political pressure or consideration and pre-determined outcome. Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered a case of murder in connection with Sunanda’s death under Section 302 of IPC on the basis of an AIIMS medical report that concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning.

Sunanda Pushkar death case not related to Congress party: PC Chacko

Senior Congress leader PC Chacko on Sunday said that the death case of former union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar was his personal matter and added that the party had nothing to do with it. “Shashi Tharoor is ready to cooperate with the police on the case. If the enquiry is delayed, we are not responsible. This case is related to Tharoor only, not the Congress party. It’s purely a personal matter,” said Chacko. Earlier on Saturday, Tharoor avoided commenting on the case, saying all questions related to the incident must be asked from the police. Tharoor had earlier on Friday said he hoped the Delhi Police could speedily solve the death case of his wife and had added that he would not compromise police proceedings by engaging in public debates. Tharoor also called for the police investigation to be fair and without any political considerations. Stating that he did not expect his wife’s demise to be a result of murder, Tharoor said that he has pledged his support to the Delhi Police to solve the mystery. Sunanda, who married Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death on January 17, 2014. Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because of renovation work at his Delhi bungalow. The Delhi Police on Tuesday stated that a case under IPC Section 302 has been registered with regard to her death, adding that medical reports have indicated that her demise was due to poisoning. Prior to her death, Sunanda was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Delhi Police plans to question Mehr Tarar

Delhi Police, which has registered a case of murder in the death of Sunanda Pushkar, is planning to question Mehr Tarar, the Pakistani journalist over whom she fought with her husband Shashi Tharoor before her mysterious death last year.A questionnaire is being prepared which will be sent to her via email and replies will be sought, police sources associated with the investigation said on Friday. Tarar, who had met Congress MP Tharoor sometime before Sunanda’s death, had already said publicly that she is ready to answer all questions in this connection. Meanwhile, Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh told investigators that the couple had been fighting over another woman besides Tarar days before her death, the sources said.Usually after such fights, Sunanda used to go to a family friend’s place, who has been identified by Singh as one Sanjay. He has also mentioned about another person Sunil Trakru, said a senior police official associated with the probe. The sources said police had a month back questioned Trakru, a family friend of the couple, who had met Sunanda on January 15, two days before her death. They said it was Trakru who had received Sunanda at the airport on January 15 on her return from Thiruvananthapuram and had brought her to Leela Palace hotel where she was found dead on Janaury 17. He had met both Tharoor and Sunanda in the hotel the next day.Trakru has told police that Sunanda was frail and weak when he last met her. Singh is believed have told investigators that Sunanda wanted to hold a press conference over something before her death. The SIT also visited the hotel today and spent around two hours. The investigators questioned the hotel staff and also checked the hotel room once again. The staff was specifically asked whether anyone had seen or recovered any syringe or an injection vial from the room. The question was made as the medical report had mentioned ‘injury no. 10’, an apparent injection mark through which the poison could have been administered.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Police was informed about Sunil even earlier, says Subramanian Swamy

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday said the police was informed even earlier that a person named Sunil had come to see Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress leader and former union minister Shashi Tharoor, before her death.”As far as Sunil’s character is concerned, who had come to see her just a little before Sunanda Pushkar’s death and was seen by her loyal servant, Mr. Narain, this is the matter that the police had been told about earlier by the domestic helper,” Swamy said.”The police did nothing because till the Congress Party was in power, they wanted to hush up this case. I think the police seriously began taking this matter after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took my letter, telling him that I will be compelled to go on a PIL,” Swamy said.”He also said that at that time he was very much seized of the question whether a SIT should be appointed and was waiting for a police report,” he added.Swamy further said it’s only then the police began to compile a report. “And I think, they must have done some investigation. The hotel now claims that they have given all the close circuit records to the police. So, I am sure that the person will be identified by the police. And now, they are the best persons who can make it public who this Sunil is,” he added.Tharoor is presently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Perumbayil Mana Ayurvedic resort near Guruvayur in Kerala’s Thrissur district.Managing Director of Perumbayil Mana Ayurvedic resort, Sanjiv Karpur, said that Tharoor would be discharged this afternoon.He also said Tharoor has agreed to meet the media before he leaves.”He will meet the media friends because as I was talking to him about the media people waiting here for last three days. He said definitely, on his way, definitely he will interact with you, and then, he will check out around 5 O’clock. That is what the last information,” said Karpur.Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi had earlier on Wednesday said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to carry forward the probe in the case.Bassi also said that the police is as of now is proceeding according to the action plan, and added that every aspect is being examined carefully.Sunanda, who married Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death on January 17, 2014.Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because of renovation work at his Delhi bungalow.Prior to her death, Sunanda was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.

MoS PMO Jitendra Singh evades direct reply on Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir

Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh evaded a direct reply to a question on Thursday night on the possibility of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir, saying “I think (the) Governor can answer that”.”I don’t know about all that (imposition of Governor’s rule in the state). I am not equipped to answer that. I think (the) Governor can answer that,” Singh told reporters in Jammu. He was replying to the question about the possibility of Governor’s rule in the state in wake of incumbent NN Vohra sending a report to the Centre on the political impasse after Omar Abdullah asked him to relieve him as caretaker Chief Minister.On the question of the formation of the government in the state by BJP in alliance, he said, “I don’t know about it. It is the party leadership that takes a call on it.” The Governor’s report comes a day after Omar met him in Delhi last night soon after his return from London after a 12-day visit to his ailing parents and asked him to relieve him as caretaker Chief Minister.On a question on the probe into the Sunanda Pushkar death case, the Union minister said, “Why should we single out one case and not talk about other cases. Right now we have other things to talk about.””All people should be questioned. Law must take its own course,” he added. On the question of terror threat, Singh said, “Our government is well prepare to tackle any eventuality. We have taken all measures in this regard.”

Congress seeks to dismiss demands for action against Shashi Tharoor in Sunanda Pushkar case

Congress on Wednesday sought to dismiss demands for action against party MP Shashi Tharoor in the wake of Delhi Police registering a murder case into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.”It is a legal process. There should be a sense of balance and restraint. Sensationalising it should be avoided. Every citizen of India has full right to be presumed innocent (till declared otherwise),” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.He said certain questions could also be raised over the delay in filing the FIR under section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC. No one has been named as an accused in the FIR. The Congress spokesman was asked several questions on the issue including whether the party was contemplating any action against Tharoor, a former Union Minister and a Lok Sabha member from Kerala.Singhvi, who is also a senior advocate, expressed surprise over reports that BJP leader Subramanian Swamy had seen the confidential reports concerning the death of Sunanda. He said that even Sunanda’s family has not been shown the reports so far.Meanwhile, another party spokesman Anand Sharma said, “We have seen the (news) reports and it’s for the agencies to look into the matter. We should not be speculative or be presumptive. The issue has to be investigated. The Police Commissioner has said they will investigate the matter. There is no final determination.””What happened was sad and we have a rule of law and I am sure it will be upheld,” Sharma added. In yet another twist in his wife’s death case, Tharoor has accused Delhi Police of “assaulting” and “intimidating” his domestic help into “confessing” that they both killed her as police said it believes prima facie it is a case of murder.

Sunanda Pushkar’s friends extend support to Shashi Tharoor, claim Pushkar cannot have been murdered

Extending support to former union minister Shashi Tharoor, few of Sunanda Pushkar’s friends have recently claimed that the reason for her death could not have been murder. Reportedly, Pushkar’s friends, who are based in Dubai, said that they were surprised at the development surrounding their friend’s death. “It can never be a murder. This is purely politically-motivated and possibly an attempt to sabotage Shashi Tharoor’s career. I have known them individually and as a couple, he would never hurt her. A murder is impossible. I have always believed that Shashi is a sharp politician, but unfit for Indian politics and its way of functioning,” said Prakash Bhojwani, a friend. Another of Pushkar’s close friend, Riyaz Merchant, who had known Pushkar since 2005, expressed his disappointment at the way in which the investigations have been carried out. Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi Police had stated that a case has been registered with regard to the death of Sunanda Pushkar, adding that medical reports have indicated that her demise was due to poisoning. However, they had denied allegations of deliberate delays in the case, despite the FIR being registered almost a year after Pushkar’s death. Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death on January 17, 2014. Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because of renovation work at his Delhi bungalow. Prior to her death, Sunanda was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist, Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband Shashi Tharoor .

Delhi Police forms SIT to probe Sunanda Pushkar’s death, does not rule out questioning Shashi Tharoor

A day after sensational twist to the death of Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, Delhi Police chief BS Bassi on Wednesday said they have formed an SIT to probe the Sunanda Pushkar case.“In order to do a proper investigation in this case, we have made a special team. This special investigation team will be closely monitored by Additional DCP (South). One inspector and a SHO of Sarojini Nagar are also a part of this SIT. All these people will collectively take forward the investigation,” said Bassi.“I assure that I will share with you all the necessary information required. There is no need to worry about that. The moment any relevant thing will come before us, you will be informed about that,” he added.Bassi also said that the police is as of now is proceeding according to the action plan, and added that every aspect is being examined carefully.“As far as questioning is concerned, whatever is necessary will be been done. The reports we earlier received from the medical board was an interim report. After that some clarifications were demanded and were given accordingly,” he said.“Later, on the basis of the opinion by the doctors, warranted investigation was done. Now, after filing the case, all the necessary investigation will be done. The evidence that we have to collect and the talk that needs to done will be completed according to the investigation plan we have made,” he added.Bassi further assured the media that all necessary information would be shared in a timely manner.On Tuesday, Delhi Police had registered a murder case on the basis of a medical report that concluded her death was unnatural and due to poisoning but nobody has been named as a suspect as yet.Delhi Police Chief does not rule out questioning her husband, now a Congress MP and a former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, saying “whatever necessary will be done.”Nearly a year after 51-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a luxury hotel here on January 17, Delhi Police filed the case of murder under section 302 of the IPC but no one has been named in the FIR.The medical board of AIIMS submitted a fresh report to the police on December 29 and stated that it was the injection, suspected of polonium, that may have led to Sunanda’s death. The report clearly stated it was an unnatural death.In its report AIIMS medical board had said, “The cause of death in this case is poisoning. Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine.” From the medical document made available to them the panel has also concluded that Sunanda did not have cardiac problem. She was not suffering from any diseases like hypertension, diabetes or tuberculosis.The panel has concluded that Sunanda was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual.The medical board had examined all the injuries on her body out of which ‘injury number 10’ has been termed as a mark caused by the needle of a syringe.The team has also dismissed the theory that Sunanda died of an overdose of Alprazolam as the viscera report is negative for the presence of the substance.Sunanda was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, a day after her Twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.The probe into the case was handed over to the Crime Branch on January 23. However, the case was transferred back to the South District police two days later on January 25.

Injury Number 10 led to Sunanda Pushkar’s death

Dna had reported this first on February 25 last year.

As early as February 25 last year, dna was the first to point out Injury Number 10 could be the cause of death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor.Dna had published exclusive details from the postmortem report and had said that a fresh injection mark on Sunanda’s hand, marked as Injury Number 10 by doctors, may have caused her death.Except Injury Number 10, which is an injection mark,​ all injuries on her body “were caused by blunt force, simple in nature.” Sunanda’s body had 15 injuries, caused in 12 hours before her death. Injury Number 12 was caused by a teeth bite.The viscera samples on Sunanda may now be sent to an FBI lab in the US or lab in UK..Dna produced another exclusive story about the missing witness and an employee of the hotel who was the first person to notice Sunanda Pushkar dead. Elizabeth had resigned citing ‘personal reasons’ almost a month after Pushkar’s death. She was interrogated by the police then and may now be sought afresh for questioning by the CBI. Nearly a year after 51-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a luxury hotel on January 17, Delhi Police filed the case of murder under section 302 of the IPC but no one has been named in the FIR.Sunanda’s death had created a sensation as it came hot on the heels of a bitter spat between the couple on Twitter over his alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.The medical board of AIIMS submitted a fresh report to the police on December 29 and stated that it was the injection, suspected of being polonium, that may have led to Sunanda’s death. The report clearly stated it was an unnatural death.In its report AIIMS medical board had said, “The cause of death in this case is poisoning. Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine.” From the medical document made available to them the panel has also concluded that Sunanda did not have cardiac problem. She was not suffering from any diseases like hypertension, diabetes or tuberculosis.The panel has concluded that Sunanda was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual.The medical board had examined all the injuries on her body out of which ‘Injury Number 10’ has been termed as a mark caused by the needle of a syringe.The team has also dismissed the theory that Sunanda died of an overdose of Alprazolam as the viscera report is negative for the presence of the substance.

Family, friends seek justice for Sunanda Pushkar

Family and friends of Sunanda Pushkar are in a shock after forensic reports confirmed that she was poisoned to death last year in a Delhi hotel.Clamour for justice is growing by the minute with family and friends joining the chorus in Jammu and Kashmir.“I have been saying from the beginning that it is a murder. I have been proved right today. We want justice. All those people behind this crime should be punished,” Ashok Kumar, a cousin of Sunanda, who lives in Jammu, told dna.Hailing from Bomai village of apple rich town of Sopore, Sunanda’s family migrated to Jammu after the onset of militancy leaving behind all the land, orchards and a grand house. Her father Pushkar Nath Dass retired as lieutenant colonel from the army and one of her brothers is currently serving the army.Dass clan was known for their riches, benevolence and generosity in Bomai which housed around 100 Pandit families before migration. Such was their influence that their moholla was named ‘Dass Pora’ in the apple bowl of north Kashmir. Before marrying Shashi Tharoor, Sunanda had married twice. Her first marriage to Sanjay Raina of Srinagar ended in a divorce. Later she married a Kerala businessman, Sujeet Menon, who died in an accident in Delhi. She has a son from her second marriage.“Whoever has done it should be punished severely. This is connected with politics. And the cause of death should be analysed and probed deeply,” Dr Khema Koul, a childhood friend of Sunanda, told dna.Dr Koul lives in the neighbouring Seer Jagir village of Sopore where Sunanda used to frequently visit her aunt. “We used to meet often. I want that the justice should be done and all those involved should be punished,” she said.