Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar found dead in New Delhi’s Hotel
Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in mysterious circumstances in a hotel in Delhi on Friday. This came two days after Pushkar was involved in a row over Tharoor’s alleged romantic links with a Pakistani journalist that broke on social media and then played out in the full glare of television and the press.
Pushkar’s body was found in room number 345 of the Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area at around 8:30 pm by her husband. She was 52. Pushkar had posted a series of comments on a social networking website on Wednesday, blaming Mehr Tarar for “stalking” her husband, whom she married in 2010. The couple subsequently issued a joint statement the next day clarifying that they were happily married.
Tharoor had spent the day at the All India Congress Committee meeting and discovered the body when he returned to the hotel where he checked in along with Pushkar on Thursday as their home was being renovated.
“Mr Tharoor returned from the AICC session and after attending another programme to the hotel “Mr Tharoor returned from the AICC session and after attending another programme to the hotel around 8:30 pm and entered the suite,” the minister’s personal secretary Abhinav Kumar said. “He thought Sunanda was resting in the bedroom as the door was closed. However, after some time when he entered the bedroom, he found her lying on the bed motionless. There were no external injuries… whether it is a case of natural death or some other reason, it will only be known after the post-mortem.”