New Delhi: Former SP leader Amar Singh was on Wednesday questioned for nearly two hours by a special team of the Delhi Police probing the Sunanda Pushkar case after he had recently claimed that she had spoken to him about the IPL controversy a couple of days before her death.
Sources said that Mr. Singh was asked about what Pushkar had told him regarding the IPL controversy and about allegedly taking the blame for Shashi Tharoor.
Mr. Singh, who has been maintaining that he was a close friend of the Tharoors, was also asked about the relations between the couple and whether Pushkar had discussed anything about Mr. Tharoor’s alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
Mr. Singh said that he was questioned for two hours by the Special Investigation Team but refused to divulge any details.
“There is no point in hiding the truth more so when there is a matter of gruesome murder being coming to light. That does not mean that I do not wish well for Shashi Tharoor or I am accusing him of any conspiracy. After all he was my dear friend’s husband. So questioning of accusing anybody does not arise,” he said.
“Whatever I knew about Sunanda, I have told the police and now I will not say anything since the matter has been taken into cognizance by SIT,” he added.
Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said that Mr. Singh was questioned by the SIT after he had recently told media that he has certain information regarding the case.
“So we have formally spoken to him. We are trying to ascertain the facts from him. We had called him today and will take all the information we require from him in this connection,” he told reporters.
Mr. Bassi also said that Shiv Menon —Pushkar’s son from one of her earlier marriages — will also be called for questioning by the SIT soon.
Asked when the police would again question Mr. Tharoor in this connection, Mr. Bassi said that the SIT will call him soon.
“As I had told you that day, we could only question him for 3.5 hours. As this case has many aspects. So in such a short duration we cannot ask him everything in that time.
Mr. Tharoor was questioned by police on January 19, 2015 at the office of Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar.
“The team has looked into the discussion we had with him that day. Later, I have been told that we need to further question him. So the SIT is planning to soon call him for questioning,” he said.
Pushkar was found dead in a room in the hotel on January 17, 2014. Delhi Police filed a case of murder in the case on January 1, 2015 and an SIT was formed to probe the case.