Sunanda Murder Probe: SIT To Question Mehr Tarar

21/03/2015 5:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 11: (File photo) Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, wife of Indian politician Shashi Tharoor during the Second edition of sports memorabilia auction at The Trident, Nariman Point on February 11, 2012 in Mumbai, India. Sunanda Pushkar, the 52-year-old industrialist wife of Union HRD minister Shashi Tharoor was found dead on Friday at a seven-star hotel where the couple had checked in together a day earlier, the police said. News of her death emerged late in the evening, coming within two days of her Twitter spat with a Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar, over an alleged affair with the minister. Pushkar, who has business interests in Dubai and was the Congress minister’s third wife, was found dead in the bedroom of The Leela Palace suite number 345 around 8.15pm. Mehr Tarar, a columnist with Pakistan’s Daily Times, reacted to the news of Pushkar’s death in two consecutive tweets: What the hell. Sunanda. Oh my God and I just woke up and read this. Im absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words. So tragic I dont know what to say. Rest in peace, Sunanda. (Photo by Prodip Guha/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Delhi Police Commissioner B.S Bassi on Saturday confirmed that Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar will be interrogated in the Sunanda Pushkar's murder probe.

"Mehr Tarar is a relevant witness and the SIT has realised need to speak to her. We are examining how exactly they can proceed in the matter," said Bassi.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi police had rubbished reports suggesting that they have approached the Pakistan High Commission regarding the questioning of Tarar.

"We haven't established any contact with the Pakistan High Commission regarding the questioning of Mehr Tarar, these reports are untrue," Bassi had said.

"She [Mehr Tarar] will be called for examination when necessary," he added.

Sunanda was found dead in the five-star Leela Hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.

She was married to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for a little less than four years. It was the third marriage for both.

Before her death, Sunanda had publicly accused Tharoor of having an affair with Tarar.

Sunanda's death was initially debated as a possible suicide for months, but a murder theory began to be considered seriously after doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) maintained that her demise was unnatural.

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