Former Indian minister and diplomat Shashi Tharoor is to be questioned by police in Delhi after they opened a murder investigation against “unknown persons” following the death of his glamorous wife.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her five-star hotel room in Delhi in January 2014, after publicly accusing Tharoor of having an extra-marital affair with a Pakistani journalist.
Almost a year after her death, police opened a murder investigation on Tuesday.
Tharoor has now been served a notice to “join the investigation” and will be questioned, according to Headlines Today.
On Wednesday Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi told reporters “whatever is necessary will be done” when asked if Tharoor will be questioned.
After an autopsy initially concluded Pushkar probably died of an overdose of anti-depressant drugs, police said on Tuesday that she was poisoned and a case was registered.
Tharoor said he was “stunned” to hear his wife’s death was being investigated as murder, adding that he had never suspected foul play.
“We all want that a comprehensive investigation be conducted and that the unvarnished truth should come out,” he said in a statement.
Pushkar, 49, was found dead in a room at a five star hotel in Delhi on January 17 2013, a day after she and Tharoor had checked in due to renovations taking place at their official residence. Mr Tharoor had been the Minister of State for Human Resource Development at the time.
The couple were married in late 2010, the third marriage for each. As part of Delhi’s social set, they frequently figured in the society pages of newspapers.
Tharoor remains a member of parliament for the Congress, which has ruled India for most of the time since the nation gained independence.
In a letter to Commissioner Bassi in November, Tharoor accused Delhi police officers of attempting to frame him and using physical coercion to try to intimidate his domestic help into “confessing” they had murdered Pushkar together, media reported.
An acclaimed author and prolific user of social media website Twitter, Tharoor was an under-secretary general during Kofi Annan’s leadership of the United Nations.
In 2009, Tharoor won a seat in parliament from Kerala and was later appointed the junior foreign minister.
He resigned in 2010 over allegations of corruption in winning a cricket league franchise after Pushkar was allegedly given stakes worth about $15 million for free.