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Shashi Tharoor says not happy with pace of probe in Sundanda Pushkar death


New Delhi: Five weeks after his wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances, Union Minister Shashi Tharoor today said he was “not happy” with the pace of the probe by the Delhi Police.

Tharoor said it seems increasingly that Sundanda(52) died due to “health related” issues and it is also “increasingly clear” that there was no basis to take the case much further.

The Minister of State for Human Resources Development said he was “not happy” with the amount of time the investigating authorities were taking for completing the process as “non-sense speculations” were being made.

“It seems increasingly that a tragedy happened that is health related and not related to anything else. But we are waiting for the police investigation to get over and to see the final determination by the doctors and medical team,”

Tharoor told Headlines Today in an interview. He said he was fully cooperating with the police investigation “even though there is no case against me personally.”

Asked about the progress in the investigations by the Delhi Police in the case, Tharoor said, “(it is) increasingly clear that they (police) have not filed an FIR, there is no charge sheet, there is no case, it is increasingly clear that there is no basis for taking the case very much further. “I hope they will soon be in a position to come up with conclusion as all of us in the family, we would want this matter to be laid to rest.”

He said during the episode, Sunanda’s son, father and brother have stood with him solidly and “we are not going to let Sunanda’s memories to be soiled by other people’s petty politics.”

Asked about his state of mind after his wife’s death, Tharoor said, “I was broken down. We were a happy couple and we had our share of ups and downs. She was an emotionally expressive person… I miss her everyday in my life.”

Sunanda was found dead in a room of five-star Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi under mysterious circumstances on January 17.