Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Minister of State Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a luxury hotel here Friday night, just a day after they claimed they were "happily married" despite an ugly public row.
Incidentally, her last tweet was:
Police sources told IANS that Pushkar, who married Tharoor in August 2010, was found sprawled on a bed in room 345 at The Leela Palace hotel in south Delhi.
She had reportedly checked into the hotel Thursday night.
The death has split open the Pandora's box with new conspiracy theories cropping up fast and furious. The activist Madhu Kishwar has started a fire with a salvo of tweets, as she thinks Sunanda was eliminated because she knew too much. Read her tweets here
On Thursday, Tharoor and Pushkar issued a joint statement saying they were distressed by an "unseemly controversy" over some "unauthorized tweets" posted from their Twitter accounts and that both were "happily married and intend to remain that way".
The statement claimed that "distorted accounts" of comments "allegedly made by Sunanda", alleging an affair between her husband and a Pakistani journalist, had "led to some erroneous conclusions".
"We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way."
The whole drama was played out in the social networking site Twitter and the tweets had now taken on a new colouring in the wake of the shocking death of Sunanda Tharoor. Click here for a selection of her tweets
A Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, it was Thaoor's third marriage to Pushakar and her second.
A scandal erupted Wednesday after tweets posted on Tharoor's account reportedly spoke of his love to the Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar, who denied she was having an affair with the Indian minister.
Pushkar initially threatened to divorce Tharoor, who then tweeted that his twitter account had been hacked and would be offline for sometime.
But a furious Pushkar told a newspaper that Mehr could be a Pakistani spy and that she was stalking Thaoor. "And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention."
"I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can't tolerate this. I have nothing more to say," she told the Economic Times.
Tarar threatened to file a defamation suit against Pushkar for calling her a Pakistani intelligence agent.
She also trashed Pushkar, saying her conduct was "nauseous".
Tarar expressed her shock in her Twitter account after the news broke out.
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— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) January 17, 2014
What the hell. Sunanda. Oh my God.— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) January 17, 2014
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