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Sunanda Pushkar death case: Domestic help says ‘Sunil sahab’ helped her tweet

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Even as Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is set to leave a Kerala ashram and likely to join the Delhi Police probe into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, a report has quoted the domestic help of the couple as saying that a mysterious Sunil had visited her before her death and helped her tweet allegations against her husband.
The Times of India claims to have accessed a statement by the domestic help Narayan Singh to the Delhi police in November in which he told them that an individual identified only as ‘Sunil sahab’ had visited Pushkar on 15 January in Leela Hotel.
The report cites Singh as saying that he had told the police in his statement that Pushkar had gone to the room with ‘Sunil sahib’ and began tweeting from his phone and copying data from it. He also reportedly said that she had called Tharoor that night and told him “Aap khatam ho gaye (you are finished)” since she had disclosed all to the media.
Pushkar had tweeted from Tharoor’s account and her own accusing Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar of interfering in their marriage.The domestic help also mentioned that the couple had a fight in their room earlier in which Pushkar had hit Tharoor and he had been hurt in the leg.
While the report said the identity of the mysterious visitor was not verifiable, it also has little value as evidence since it was a statement made before the police and does not constitute evidence in the case.
Tharoor is expected to leave the ayurveda resort in Kerala where he is undergoing treatment today, and is expected to fly to Delhi where he could be asked to meet with the Delhi Police Special Investigation Team that is probing the case.
The SIT on Thursday interrogated domestic help, Narayan Singh, again and he was reportedly asked about details of the people with whom Pushkar was apparently in touch on email and different social media including Twitter.
Singh’s interrogation came a day after a letter, written by Tharoor in November last year to the Delhi Police Commissioner, surfaced in which the Congress MP accused
investigators of “assaulting” and “intimidating” Singh into “confessing” that they both killed Sunanda.
The sources said Singh was asked whether Sunanda was suffering from any ailments and was there any medication she was taking. He was specifically asked about the Tablet Alprax, two used strips of which were found in her room in Leela Palace hotel.
“He was also asked about the 15 injuries found on her body, especially ‘injury number 10′ which was termed as a mark caused by the needle of a syringe,” the sources said.
Sources said SIT is likely to question Tharoor’s personal staff along with the employees of the five-star hotel in Delhi where she was found dead on January 17 last year.
Delhi Police had on Tuesday registered a murder case in connection with Sunanda’s death under section 302 of IPC on the basis of an AIIMS medical report that concluded that her death was unnatural and due to poisoning.
The fresh statements of those being interrogated by the police are expected to be matched with the ones they had given to the SDM who had carried out an inquest proceeding in the case. However, as Firstpost’s Sandipan Sharma had pointed out earlier the evidence in the case so far has raised more questions than answer the existing ones.

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