New Delhi: Sunanda Pushkar’s son from an earlier marriage, has come out in the defence of Indian minister, Shashi Tharoor while also rejecting the possibility of his mother committing suicide.
In a signed statement released to the media, Sunanda’s son, Shiv Menon has called the media reports on his mother’s death untrue and outrageous. “Anyone who knew my mother would simply know that she was too strong to commit suicide, the letter says. “I also do not believe that Shashi was capable of physically harming her, let alone the speculation that he could have taken her life. They were very much in love, despite occasional differences, which they always overcame,” Shiv Menon says in the letter.
He further goes on to say that his mother was under stress. “It was an unfortunate combination of media stress, tensions and a wrong mix of different medications. Her death was peaceful and she passed in her sleep,” the letter says.
“Please let her soul rest, I think there has been enough attention drawn towards her life – let us at least let her rest in her passing,” he ended the statement.
Shiv Menon had along with Shashi Tharoor performed the last rites of Sunanda Pushkar.
In the meanwhile, the Congress Party is standing by one of their own. Reaction to calls for Tharor’s resignation, spokesperson Randip Surjewala, said, “Tharoor is in a responsible ministerial position. He is also an inseparable part of Congress. There is no question of his resignation.”
Maintaining that no personal allegations have been levelled by anyone over this unfortunate incident, the Congress spokesperson emphasised, “neither any individual, any party or organisation are insinuating vis-a-vis the alleged suicide or the alleged murder of Sunanda. When there is no charge and nobody is alleging any role of Tharoor, why should he resign.”
The Congress spokesperson said that a magisterial inquiry into the episode has already been ordered and truth will come out. He also said that it was Tharoor, who had written to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for expeditious inquiry into the matter.
52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a 5-star hotel in south Delhi last Friday night, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.