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Sunanda death: Will not question Tharoor for now, says police

Sunanda death: Will not question Tharoor for now, says police

New Delhi: Delhi Police said on Saturday that it is not going to question Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for now in connection with the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar as it would first want to examine all other people related to the case and look into available evidence.

Investigators also said that they have not come across any IPL cricket league angle in the case so far in the wake of some media reports suggesting this link.

"We have not called Tharoor for questioning as we do not need him at this moment. We would like to question all the other people in this connection including his aides, the hotel's staff among others. All the available evidences will also be gathered and it would be only after that we may question him," said a senior police official.

Sunanda was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17 last, a day after her Twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.

Initially, the Special Investigative Team formed in the case wanted to question Tharoor straight away and a notice asking him to join the probe was also prepared but it was not dispatched at the last moment as the police top brass decided to question everybody else before examining him.

"This approach will help us pose those questions to him, which would arise during questioning of all these people related with the case," the official said, adding that no IPL angle has come up in the case so far as speculated in the media.

Tharoor, meanwhile, said he did not have anything more to add to what he had stated in public about the case at Guruvayur, a day after he expressed concern over the way the police was probing Sunanda's death.

"It is pointless for you to waste your time on other matters. I said very clearly what I said in Guruvayur yesterday. I have nothing more to add and you are not going to get me to add anything more," Tharoor told reporters in Kochi.

Tharoor had said he will extend full cooperation in a "fair" investigation and demanded a professional police probe without any political pressure or consideration and pre-determined outcome.

Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered a murder case in connection with Sunanda's death under section 302 of IPC on the basis of an AIIMS medical report that concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning.

The SIT had on Thursday interrogated Tharoor's domestic help Narayan Singh on specific details such as people who met her during the 48 hours prior to her death and the 15 injury marks on her body including the injection mark.

It had also visited the Leela Palace hotel yesterday and spent around two hours during which investigators questioned the hotel staff and also checked the hotel room once again.

The staff was specifically asked whether anyone had seen or recovered any syringe or an injection vial from the room.

The SIT has also formed a list of at least 12 people including, Abhinav Kumar, who was PS to Tharoor. It will also question Bajrangi, Tharoor's driver and a female journalist with whom Sunanda apparently spoke to before her death and all those who came in contact with her 48 hours before her death. Another man Sanjay Dewan, the couple's family friend who is believed to be at the hotel suite on that night when Sunanda was found dead will also be examined.

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