Sunanda's Son Rules out Suicide, Tharoor Role in Her Tragic End
Even as the actual reasons behind Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death continue to remain unclear, her son from her second marriage, Shiv Menon on Wednesday strongly rejected the possibility of his mother committing suicide or his stepfather and Union Minister Shashi Tharoor being involved in any foul play.
And Shiv released a signed statement questioning the media speculation over his mother’s death, barely 24 hours after sub-divisional magistrate Alok Sharma, submitted a rather open-ended report leaving scope for further investigation on whether it was a case of “homicide, suicide or accident”.
Accusing the media of leading a witch-hunt against his family and calling the reports “outrageous”, Shiv differed with the public perception that Sunanda was distraught in the final few months or days of her life over certain developments in her marriage.
Prior to her shock death in a five-star hotel here, Sunanda was in the news for an unseemly twitter spat with a Pakistani journalist,Mehr Tarar alleging that the latter was “stalking” her husband and openly suspecting that the two of them were having a ‘fling’ behind her back.
It has since been reported that it could have been a fatal combination of Sunanda’s health condition, lifestyle, medication and anti-depressant drug use that cut her life short.
“Anyone who knew my mother would simply know that she was too strong to commit suicide. I also do not believe that Shashi (Tharoor) was capable of physically harming her, let alone the speculation that he could have taken her life,” the statement said.
Shiv also tries to dispel the notion of acute discord in the Sunanda-Tharoor household as some of his mother’s “close friends, like Nalini Singh” have sort to portray.
“They were very much in love, despite occasional differences, which they always overcame,” he said.
Giving his own reading of what could have gone wrong, the bereaved son adds, “It was the unfortunate combination of media stress, tensions and a wrong mix of different medication. Her death was peaceful and she passed away in her sleep.”
Shiv, 21, who is said to be eyeing a career in the film industry with his mother’s help and connections, also requested the media to respect the family’s privacy and allow his mother’s soul to rest in peace.
“Please let her soul rest, I think there has been enough attention drawn towards her life. Let us at least let her rest,” the statement said.
However, Shiv’s plea and suo motu explanations did not seem to have cut much ice with the NCP, which urged Tharoor to “dissociate” himself from his ministerial responsibilities until the investigation into his wife’s death is over.
Senior NCP leader and Rajya Sabha member, D P Tripathi in reply to a question on Wednesday said that he was demanding that Tharoor step down as minister till his name was cleared.