After marital row, Sunanda Pushkar found dead in Delhi hotel


New Delhi: Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Minister of State Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a luxury hotel here Friday night, just a day after they claimed they were "happily married" despite an ugly public row.

Police sources told IANS that Pushkar, who married Tharoor in August 2010, was found sprawled on a bed in room 345 at The Leela Palace hotel in south Delhi.

She had reportedly checked into the hotel Thursday night.

On Thursday, Tharoor and Pushkar issued a joint statement saying they were distressed by an "unseemly controversy" over some "unauthorized tweets" posted from their Twitter accounts and that both were "happily married and intend to remain that way".

The statement claimed that "distorted accounts" of comments "allegedly made by Sunanda", alleging an affair between her husband and a Pakistani journalist, had "led to some erroneous conclusions".

"We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way."

No sign of foul play, Tharoor aide says


Rest in peace, Sunanda: Pakistani journalist

A Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, it was Thaoor's third marriage to Pushakar and her second.

A scandal erupted Wednesday after tweets posted on Tharoor's account reportedly spoke of his love to the Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar, who denied she was having an affair with the Indian minister.

Pushkar initially threatened to divorce Tharoor, who then tweeted that his twitter account had been hacked and would be offline for sometime.

But a furious Pushkar told a newspaper that Mehr could be a Pakistani spy and that she was stalking Thaoor. "And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention."

"I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can't tolerate this. I have nothing more to say," she told the Economic Times.

Tarar threatened to file a defamation suit against Pushkar for calling her a Pakistani intelligence agent.

She also trashed Pushkar, saying her conduct was "nauseous".


Pak journalist shocked by Pushkar's death

The Pakistani journalist accused of having an affair with Minister of State Shashi Tharoor Friday expressed shock over Sunanda Pushakar's mysterious death.

"I am absolutely shocked," Mehr Tarar said in a tweet. "This is too awful for words. So tragic, I don't know what to say. Rest in peace, Sunanda."

No sign of foul play, Tharoor aide says


An aide to Minister of State Shashi Tharoor Friday night said that Sunanda Pushkar was found dead at her hotel room at 8.30 p.m. but there was "no sign of foul play".

Speaking to the media outside The Leela Palace hotel, Abhinav Kumar said: "We will not be able to give you the definite cause of death. There was no sign of foul play, no poisoning."

Pushkar, who married Tharoor in 2010, was found dead in room 345 of the hotel in south Delhi where the couple had checked in Thursday morning.

Kumar said Tharoor, who had attended the AICC session in the morning, found the room locked from inside. He thought she was sleeping.

"When he went to check on her, he found her dead at 8.30 p.m.," the aide said, adding that Tharoor immediately summoned a doctor.

The aide said the couple moved into the hotel as their house was being painted.

"They were staying here since Thursday morning. The cause (of death) is not known."

Sunanda Pushkar was seriously ill: Former diplomat

Minister Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar, who was found dead in a hotel in New Delhi Friday, was seriously ill, according to a former diplomat and close friend of the minister.

TP Sreenivasan, who hails from the state capital and has been a diplomat for more than three decades, told reporters here that Tharoor had informed him of his wife's illness.

"She had undergone treatment in France recently and after check-ups it was found that she had some serious health issues and he was a worried man. I pacified him after hearing it," said Sreenivasan.