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Sunanda post-mortem begins, police check phone & tweet records

New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI): Police were probing various angles in the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, even as doctors at the AIIMS here began the post-mortem shortly after noon Saturday.

Pushkar, 52, who was upset over an alleged extra-marital affair between her husband Shashi Tharoor and a Pakistani journalist, was found dead in her suite at the luxury Leela Palace hotel on Friday night. Her body was shifted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences before dawn on Saturday morning. Sources said the post-mortem report could be available later in the evening.

On Friday night, police had questioned a number of hotel staff and checked the CCTV footage of the lobby of the third floor of the luxury hotel where she was staying.

Sources in police said call details record of Pushkar was also being checked as part of the probe into her death.

Pushkar was found dead inside suite no 345 in the hotel where she and her husband had checked in on Thursday.

Investigators said they are screening the call details record of Pushkar as well as her tweets in the last few days.

They said a number of hotel staff, including those who had gone to the suite, were being questioned to corroborate the version of Tharoor and his staff.

The police are also searching the suite thoroughly to see whether Pushkar had used any medicine, they said.

Police sources speaking on condition of anonymity said they suspect it could be a case of suicide.

Pushkar and Tharoor were at the centre of a raging controversy when reports emerged that she was upset over reported text and tweet messages between her husband and Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist.

A joint statement from the couple on Thursday said that they were “happily married” but distressed by “some unauthorised tweets”.

Pushkar had accused Tarar of “stalking” her husband and trying to “break” her marriage when she was away for medical treatment.

She had told couple of newspapers that she was considering divorce from Tharoor in the wake of the alleged extra-marital affair.

The Pakistani journalist dismissed the charges of having any relationship with Tharoor, who is Congress Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

After Pushkar's death Tarar had tweeted: “I just woke up and read this. I'm absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words. So tragic I don't know what to say. Rest in peace, Sunanda.”

In another tweet she said “What the hell. Sunanda. Oh my God.”