Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, the wife of an Indian government minister has been found dead in her room at a luxury New Delhi hotel. Her death comes after claims that she had hacked into her husband’s Twitter account and published a series of romantic messages between him and a Pakistani journalist.
The body of the 52-year-old woman was discovered by her husband, Shashi Tharoor who was called after cleaners were unable to get inside the room at the plush Leela Palace hotel. Mr Tharoor’s personal assistant Abhinav Kumar told reporters:
‘She was lying in bed. There were no signs of any foul play or any struggle. She had no sign of poisoning or anything’.
Mr Kumar said Mr Tharoor returned to the hotel at 8.30 pm and had to have the door opened by hotel authorities. He discovered his wife lying on the bed.
He had initially thought his wife was asleep but when he went to check on her, he found that she was dead. Mr Tharoor was being questioned by police late on Friday night.
Mrs Pushkar Tharoor, had reportedly hacked the Twitter account of her husband, who is India’s junior human resources minister, and published romantic messages to his two million followers, apparently between him and a Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar.
Mr Tharoor, 57, quickly deleted the tweets, denying he had been having an affair and claiming his account had been ‘hacked’.
One of the incriminating messages, which appeared to have been sent directly from Ms Tarar’s account, said:
‘I love you, Shashi Tharoor. And I go while in love with you, irrevocably, irreversibly, hamesha [always]. Bleeding, but always your Mehr.’
Ms Tarar strongly denied sending the messages and any suggestion that she was in a relationship with Mr Tharoor. But Mrs Pushkar Tharoor had told India’s Economic Times newspaper that she had published the tweets to show the world how Ms Tarar was ‘stalking’ her husband. She said:
‘Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband.
And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention.’
Mrs Tharoor had been quoted by The Indian Express as saying that she would seek a divorce after learning that her husband and Ms Tarar had been having a ‘rip-roaring affair’ since April, which had left her feeling ‘destroyed as a wife and a woman’.’I completely stand by my tweets, 100 per cent stand by that,’ she told the paper.
‘That woman pursued and pursued him .. men are stupid anyways … for all you know she is a Pakistani agent. Where’s love, where’s loyalty in this world … I am so distraught.’
Just one day before her death, her husband released a joint statement on Facebook claiming they were still happily married and intended to stay together.
The late Mrs Pushkar Tharoor, who divided her time between Dubai, where she ran a business, and Delhi, leaves behind a teenage son. The alleged mistress, Ms Tararhas posted a tribute to Mrs Pushkar on Twitter saying:
‘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.’
Read the tweets which caused the trouble below…
Source: DailyMail UK