Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, who died under mysterious circumstances in New Delhi, possibly underwent a surgical procedure, which involved use of anaesthesia, on Tuesday.
During the fag end of an interaction with students of Kansas University here on Tuesday afternoon, Tharoor’s phone rang.
The Union Minister, who was in the midst of answering the last question on whether more community colleges will be opened, said: “My wife is just recovering from anaesthesia. So it might be a good moment to say if the answer is yes to all the above (questions).’’
The Minister then proceeded to attend the phone call.
In the joint statement issued on Thursday also Tharoor had confirmed the same. “Sunanda has been ill and hospitalised this week and is seeking to rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy,’’ the joint statement posted on Facebook read.
Sunanda was reportedly undergoing treatment for tuberculosis and other serious illnesses. Besides, she had also been said to be under medication for managing stress for the last few months. According to sources at KIMS Hospital here, Sunanda had come to the hospital last Monday and Tuesday for general consultation.
However, they did not divulge more details in this regard.
Sources close to Tharoor, however, told Express that the Union Minister had brought his wife from Dubai recently and took her to the hospital here for treatment. She had been suffering from tuberculosis for some time.
Sources also said that Tharoor had entrusted some of his personal staff members to take care of her while in the hospital and outside.
Asked about the reports of her taking medication and counselling for mental stress and depression, the sources also revealed to Express that she was under severe stress following reports of her son based in Dubai involved in some disturbing incidents.
Meanwhile, an allegation by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that one of the Union Ministers from Kerala had used his official powers to settle a case involving his son in Dubai had also led to Shashi Tharoor responding to the media here.
Sources told Express that some of the incidents involving her son in Dubai also had added to her stress.