Just before nine days of her demise, Sunanda Pushkar had emailed her husband Shashi Tharoor, a renowned member of the Congress Party and an established writer, that she did not want to live and only prayed for death. The high profile case was into the limelight for a long time and rumors were that the political leader has killed his wife himself.
But according to the official sources, her death, the court was told, was due to poisoning. Some 27 tablets of Alprax were found in her room but it is not clear how many she had. The charge sheet quotes a special investigation team as stating that Shashi Tharoor “as a husband ignored Sunanda when she was sliding or slipping into depression and she had Alprax.” They had frequent fights, it says, and “through injury marks were not serious, they are consistent with claims that the couple fought.” She had also been taking anti-depressants.
The two had a very public argument on Twitter over Sunanda’s suspicion that her husband was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. The 51-year-old was found dead in her hotel bed two days later, on January 17.
“He ignored her calls and disconnected her calls in the days before her death,” the special probe team found. Sunanda Pushkar used social media to reach him, but those messages were also ignored, says the charge-sheet.
The Tharoors, who married in 2010, had a huge row on a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Delhi two days before her death; the fight continued at the Delhi airport, the police said. She confided in her friends, who have reportedly revealed these details in their statements to the special investigation team. The public prosecutor said all the statements have been video recorded.
Shashi Tharoor, a parliamentarian from Kerala and a former Congress minister, calls the charges of abetting his wife’s suicide “preposterous”.
The emails that have been discovered recently have a big role to play in the case.