Sunanda Pushkar Death Cause – Suicide or Murder?

January 23, 2014 | 0

Sunanda Pushkar (age 52) dob -27 June 1962, had a life story that would make for a compelling novel.  Starting off with a humble background, she went on to marry Shashi Tharoor, Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) and Member of Parliament.   She was born in Kashmiri family to a Bomai native army officer, Lt Col Pushkar Dass and his wife Jaya Dass. She was the only daughter to Lt Col Pushkar Nath Dass with two brothers.

Sunanda graduated from a women’s Government College in Srinagar. While her studies were still in pursuit Sunanda married Sanjay Riana, a hotel management graduate. The couple legally separate in 1998 after which she migrated to Dubai the next year and got married once again with Sujith Menon in 1991. In November 1992, she gave birth to their son Shiv Menon. After facing loss through an organized Mammootty event, Sujith Menon returned to India and met with an accident in March 1997.

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In 2007 Sunanda met Shashi Tharoor at a party organized by Sunny Varkey, a renowned billionaire. After going along for around three years Sunanda and Shashi Tharoor got married in 2010. Their marriage was organized according Malayalee rituals in Elayanchery, Kerala, India. Both Shashi and Sunanda Pushkar were married for the third time. While she was dating Shashi Tharoor before her marriage Sunanda started coming into limelight for obtaining worth 70 crores of sweat equity in Rendevous Sports World.

Rendevous Sports World was a company founded in 2009 which placed its bid on Kochi Tuskers Kerala, an IPL cricket team. On 25th February, 2005, Sunanda was designated as Director of the company. It was rumored that Minister Shashi Tharoor has misapplied his ministerial abilities to obtain free stakes in company with Sunanda serving as his proxy. Ultimately, the conspiracy ended with resignation of Shashi Tharoor from his ministerial position. Advocating Shashi Tharoor, Sunanda stated as she was elected as business executive, entrepreneur and marketing manager based on her international experience. She also declared that her company stakes has been relinquished after the controversy. However in 2014, shortly before her death and after the twitter debate, she announced that she had taken what she said was ‘ the blame for crimes of Shashi Tharoor during IPL’.

Sunanda Pushkar – Death Cause

On 15th January 2014, a series of amorous messages were supposedly exchanged between Shashi Tharoor and Mehr Tarar a Pakistani journalist. Through their respective Twitter accounts. Shashi tried to downplay the allegations by stating that his account was hacked. Later Sunanda disclosed that the account was not hacked but it was she who had been posting messages to disclose relationship between Shashi and Mehr. She also accused Tarar of being ISI representative. Soon a joint statement by Sunanda and Shashi was published on Tharoor’s Facebook page expressing that the couple was happily married and would continue this way.

On 17th January 2014, a day after the Twitter controversy, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in The Leela Palace Hotel, Room 345, New Delhi. Shashi Tharoor was the first one to find Sunanda’s body, when she did not wake up despite calling her.

He informed police who recovered the corpse and send for autopsy. According to initial autopsy reports suicide was the suspected cause of death. Later the reports were redefined and suicide was ruled out to be the cause. It was then stated that injury marks have been found on her body and there are no possibilities of natural cause. The doctors also mentioned that injuries were not severe enough to cause death. It was soon discovered that Sunanda died of overdose of medicine, possibly combination of sedative, alcohol and other strong medicines. Her body was cremated in South Delhi at Lodhi Crematorium while the case is still going on. Shiv Menon, Sunanda’s son, however stated that Shashi Tharoor is not capable of influencing her mother as she was a very strong person and blames her death to media stress and wrong medicinal combination.  Though Sunanda suffered from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and had confided to her friends that she may die, doctors at KIMS Hospital, who diagnosed her case, said that her health problems were not severe.

While the forensic report by AIIMS doctors mention that the cause of death is drug poisoning, it means that it was not due to overdose but due to deliberate administration but it remains to be seen if it was homicidal or suicidal.of drugs to end life.  The investigation team is on their track to find out the real reason for Sunanda Pushkar’s death.

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