The tragic death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, continues to be something of a mystery. Investigators probed multiple angles, including murder and suicide. The presence of poison in her body placed suspicion on foul play; post-mortem reports said she died due to drug poisoning. Any attempt to uncover the truth has now taken another twist, with Sudhir Gupta, the Head of AIIMS’ Department of Forensic Medicine, alleging he was pressured into doctoring Sunanda’s post-mortem report. Controversy dogged Sunanda in life and has followed her into death. Here is a recap of the mystery so far…
On 15 January 2014, controversy erupted when Shashi Tharoor sent out a tweet saying that his Twitter account was hacked, following messages concerning a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar that were posted on his timeline. A day later, however, Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar said she was the one who posted the messages on her husband’s Twitter timeline by logging into his account. Pushkar said that Tarar was sending personal messages to Tharoor and stalking him. She had initially suggested that it was an affair.
The two got into a Twitter fight levelling allegations with Pushkar even calling Tarar an ‘ISI agent’.
In an Economic Times report, Pushkar was quoted as saying, “Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention. I took upon myself the crimes of this man during IPL (Indian Premier League). I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can't tolerate this. I have nothing more to say”