New Delhi: Delhi Police has asked former Union minister Shashi Tharoor to join the murder probe of his wife Sunanda Pushkar at the earliest. Though it has not been officially confirmed yet, reports suggest that the MP and six others were served notices under CrPC 160 to this effect.
However, it is still not clear when and where Shashi Tharoor will be questioned.
The development comes after Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi announced the formation of a four-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case. The SIT comprises of DCP (south) Prem Nath, additional DCP P S Kushwah and two inspector-rank officers, including the Sarojini Nagar SHO.
Reports also suggest that section 328 of IPC has been added to the FIR which, along with Section 302, which makes the case one of murder by poisoning.
The Delhi Police on Tuesday registered a case of murder in the death of Sunanda Pushkar saying that the 39-year-old was poisoned resulting in her unnatural death. Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a five-star hotel room in New Delhi on January 17, 2013. The hotel room where she was found dead was revisited by police and forensic experts recently.
Already the police have questioned few people in connection with the case and a team will soon meet the doctors in Kerala who had treated Sunanda.
According to reports, police will question Tharoor to know what caused the injury marks on the body.
The Police said there were 15 injuries on Sunanda's body and they will ask him if he hit her. “If it wasn't him, we will ask the other two men. The injuries were not self-inflicted." an officer said.
Earlier, Shashi Tharoor has alleged that Delhi Police was trying to make his staff confess that he and his domestic help Narayan Singh had murdered Sunanda Pushkar.
Police also want to know why Tharoor and others didn't inform police immediately after finding her unresponsive.
Police would also ask Tharoor about the emails he sent to the AIIMS director, suggesting the possible causes of death.
Reacting to Delhi Police statement, Sunanda Pushkar's cousin Ashok Kumar said, "We always knew that this was a case of murder, this decision was delayed."