Sunanda murder probe: Pak journalist likely to be quizzed

Sunanda murder probe: Pak journalist likely to be quizzed

Delhi Police will question Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar as part of its investigations into the alleged murder of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Delhi Police Commissioner Bassi said on Thursday that an official communiqué will be issued in this regard. Tarar has refused to come to India for the probe, but has said she will be willing to cooperate.

“If necessary, Mehr Tarar will be questioned. We will try and get in touch with her because she is a relevant person who can throw some light into the case,” Bassi told media.

To a query about Sunanda's viscera report, Bassi added: “We have told the forensic laboratory of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States to examine the viscera report as soon as possible.”

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath had personally handed over Sunanda’s viscera samples to the concerned FBI officials in the US, the first time Delhi Police has sent viscera samples abroad for examination.

On Thursday, Tarar told media that she was not ready to come to India, but would be happy to answer questions.

“I would like to answer any question Delhi Police have for me, but I will not come to India for the probe,” Tarar told a news channel over telephone.

The special investigation team (SIT) probing the case has so far questioned at least 15 people, including Tharoor, his staff members, close friends of the couple and the staff of south Delhi’s Leela Palace Hotel where Pushkar was found dead on January 17 last year.

Pushkar had an open spat on Twitter with Mehr Tarar over her reported affair with Shashi Tharoor, which the Lahore-based journalist has denied.

In her conversations with friends before her death, Pushkar had expressed concern over Tharoor’s affair, though he strenuously rejected having such a relationship.

The SIT had questioned Pushkar's son Shiv Menon on February 5 for around eight hours. Police sources said Menon was asked about the state of relations between Tharoor and Pushkar.

Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Amar Singh and journalists Nalini Singh and Rahul Kanwal have also deposed before the SIT.

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