SIT to probe Sunanda Pushkar's death, Shashi Tharoor questions police investigation

New Delhi: A day after it confirmed that Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, was murdered, Delhi Police today constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case.Delhi Police Commissioner BS
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India TV News Desk January 07, 2015 17:29 IST

New Delhi: A day after it confirmed that Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, was murdered, Delhi Police today constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case.

Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi today said, "We have constituted a SIT that will be monitored by DCPs and ACPs. We will take all necessary steps as per our investigation plan”

When asked about interrogating Tharoor, he said, "As far as questioning of Shashi Tharoor is concerned, it was done and it will be done again if necessary."

Meanwhile,  Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP and Sunanda Pushkar's husband,  has made serious allegations against police team investigating Sunanda Pushkar's death case. Tharoor alleged that police officials probing the case had forced his servant to drag his name in the case.

According to Tharoor, two and a half months back, he had written a mail to Delhi Police Commissioner, BS Bassi, alleging that the members of probe team had pressurised his servant, Narayan, during interrogation, to drag his name in the case.

Tharoor had also urged the police to conduct free and fair probe into the case.

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In a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi dated Nov 12 and accessed by the media Wednesday, Tharoor urged the police chief to take action against the concerned officer.

Tharoor said that four Delhi Police officers interrogated his domestic help Narayan Singh last month - for 16 hours Nov 7 and for 14 hours Nov 8.

On both days, Tharoor alleged that Narayan Singh was "repeatedly physically assaulted by one of your officers.

"Worse, that officer used the traumatic physical assault to try and intimidate Narayan into 'confessing' that he and I murdered my wife," the former central minister said.

Tharoor recalled that he expressed his concerns to Bassi over telephone Nov 8 night.

"As you graciously agreed, such conduct is completely unacceptable and illegal," Tharoor said in his letter. "It also amounts to the use of physical coercion in the attempt to frame an innocent man.

"I would request you to take immediate and appropriate action against such unlawful misconduct of the officer concerned.

"My staff and I have always made ourselves available for any kind of inquiry and investigation but the recent behaviour of the officers towards my staff is a matter of serious concern to any law abiding citizen.

"Please look into the matter personally and ensure that the unvarnished truth comes out in this case."

Tharoor said he had "complete trust and faith" in Delhi Police and that he was committed to "fully cooperating with the investigations to ensure the timely completion of the inquiry".

The letter became public knowledge a day after Delhi Police announced that Pushkar, found dead in a hotel a year ago, was poisoned to death.

Bassi said Tuesday that this was the conclusion of the final medical report of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, which had conducted Pushkar's autopsy.

Pushkar, 52, died in mysterious circumstances Jan 17 last year. Tharoor was then a minister in the government of then prime minister Manmohan Singh.

 
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