Crime Branch to probe Sunanda case

January 24, 2014 - 10:47:49 am
New Delhi: Delhi Police’s Crime Branch is to investigate the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor, and would question him and other family members as well as hotel staff, a police official said yesterday.

Six days after Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at the Leela Palace hotel in Sarojini Nagar area of south Delhi, the case was finally handed over to Crime Branch yesterday. 

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav, said that Pushkar’s case was handed over to his department yesterday. “We will look after the matter from the beginning as earlier it was being handled by local police,” he said.

Another crime branch official said that they would first get the probe report from the local police and then “we will take our next step”. “Shashi Tharoor, his family members, the hotel staff and the relatives of Sunanda will be questioned if we find it necessary,” he said. The autopsy report of Pushkar has attributed her death to poisoning due to drug overdose. Sources termed the injury marks on her body as “scuffle marks” and as minor injuries.

Her “upper extremity” — hand, an arm, chin, and neck — was dotted with over a dozen injury marks, and these were termed “scuffle marks”. However, the scuffle marks may impact the investigation as Delhi Police was directed by the sub-divisional magistrate to probe whether the death was a suicide or a murder.