Published On: Sun, Feb 8th, 2015

Men from Dubai, Pak ‘hired’ for Sunanda’s murder, says Swamy

Bharuch (Gujarat), Feb. 8 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday alleged that Sunanda Pushkar’s murder was carried out by men hired from Dubai and Pakistan, and added that former union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor should undergo custodial interrogation in this case.

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“The fact that [Sunanda Pushkar] has been killed has been established, that too by the AIIMS autopsy experts. She had bruises all over her body and even had a puncture wound of an injection. The body was also found to be full of poison and there was glass scattered all over her bedroom,” Swamy told ANI.

” Shashi Tharoor has been questioned and has lied to the investigators. I feel he should be arrested and questioned inside the jail, that is, he should undergo custodial interrogation. He will break under that pressure. However, I maintain that he did not murder her, nor did he arrange for her death. Some senior members of his party, whose name I will not take at this point, arranged for her murder, using men from Dubai and Pakistan,” he added.

Swamy further alleged that Congress leader Ahmed Patel had on the eve of Sunanda’s murder picked her up from the hotel room in his car, presumably for a conference with party president Sonia Gandhi.

“Ahmed Patel had come to pick her up in his car a day before her murder and he must have taken her to meet Sonia Gandhi. I feel that Patel and Soniaji must also be investigated,” he said.

Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death on January 17, 2014.

Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because of renovation work at his New Delhi bungalow.

Prior to her death, Sunanda was embroiled in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar, whom she accused of stalking her husband.


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