Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning: SDM

The autopsy conducted on Sunanda Pushkar found that her death was 'sudden and unnatural' and that her body bore injury marks.

NEW DELHI: The Sub-Divisional Magistrate investigating the Sunanda Pushkar death case has said that Union minister Shashi Tharoor's wife died of poisoning and has asked the police to find out the cause of poisoning.

The SDM also asked the police to investigate if the death was a result of suicide or if there was any foul play involved in her death.

The autopsy conducted on Sunanda Pushkar found that her death was 'sudden and unnatural' and that her body bore injury marks, although doctors said this did not mean the injuries had caused her death.

Tharoor called for a quick investigation into the death of his wife, saying he hoped this would put an end to rumours about their personal lives.

"I have finally had a chance to catch up with media reports and am horrified to read the reckless speculation rampant there," Tharoor, a junior human resource development minister, wrote in a letter to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

"I pledge my full and unstinting cooperation. Nothing short of truth will end the indignity to which my wife and I are being subjected."

Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at The Leela Palace hotel in Delhi on Friday.

Police investigators had said it could be a case of drug overdose or overdose of sleeping pills but added that things would be clear only after the detailed autopsy report was read.

The authorities recovered two strips of Alprax drug from her hotel room.

"The huge quantity of consumption of such drug may affect functioning of brain and leads to a comatose situation," said a police officer.

Tharoor and his 52-year-old wife hit the headlines last week when she said she had gone into his Twitter account and posted what she said were intimate messages from Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar to expose a "rip-roaring affair".

Tarar hit back saying she would sue Sunanda for calling her a Pakistani spy and denied having an affair with Tharoor. She said she was friends with Tharoor on Twitter and exchanged comments about articles she had written, but that was all.

How it all unfolded

# On Thursday morning, the couple checked into suite No. 345 of Leela Hotel.

# On Friday, Shashi Tharoor left to attend the All Indian Congress Committee session.

# Tharoor returned to the hotel around 8:00 pm.

# He was resting in a room.

# After that he check Sunanda's room and found it locked from inside.

# Tharoor opened it with his own key and found her lying in bed.

# At this, Tharoor panicked and alerted his personal assistant who informed Tharoor's personal secretary.

# Tharoor's personal secretary then informed the hotel authorities and the police around 8:30 pm.

# No foul play has been suspected.

# A forensic lab team arrived around 9:00 pm to look for evidence inside the room.

Who was Sunanda Pushkar

Sunanda first grabbed attention while accompanying Shashi Tharoor at social gatherings.

Pushkar was a sales director in the Dubai- based TECOM Investments and a co-owner of Rendezvous Sports World (RSW). RSW bid for IPL team Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Tharoor is the MP from Thiruvananthapuram. In April 2010, Pushkar relinquished her estimated Rs 70-crore stake when allegations of corruption against Tharoor caused a furore.

It was alleged that Tharoor used her as a front to collect Rs 70 crore for helping the Kochi owners get their IPL team. Rendezvous Sports World led the consortium that bought the Kochi team.

In the late 1990s, she emigrated to Canada, where she lived with with a banker companion in Toronto. She returned to Dubai with a Canadian passport, and joined TECOM in the mid- 2000s. In October 2009, she met Tharoor at a party. She married Tharoor in 2010 after he was elected as an MP.