Journalist claims tapes on Sunanda Pushkar's death handed to cops, Delhi police denies it

Prema Sridevi claimed she had a conversation with Sunanda Pushkar over the phone, and that she was in touch with Narain till few hours before Sunanda's death.

Published: 08th May 2017 09:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th May 2017 09:31 PM   |  A+A-

Sunanda Pushkar (File |PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A private news channel on Monday aired tapes of a conversation between a journalist and Sunanda Pushkar, and also her helper Narain. The journalist claimed she had a conversation with Sunanda Pushkar over the phone, and that she was in touch with Narain till few hours before Sunanda's death. The tapes also claimed that Sunanda wanted to meet the journalist but couldn’t.  Details of the conversations have been given to Delhi police, the channel said.

While New Indian Express contacted Delhi police and the special investigation team (SIT) probing Sunanda Pushkar Murder case, investigating officer Ishwar Singh said that he is not aware about any such development. “I don’t know what the channel is running, can’t comment on that,” said Singh who is DCP South. When asked about the statement of Sridevi he said that he can’t give details.

The journalist Prema Sridevi, who was also a witness in the case, claimed that Sunanda had no marks on her face when she met. “When Prema Sridevi met Sunanda, there was no mark on her face. Sunanda wanted to speak out & she sent a message at 4 am on the day of her murder to Prema Sridevi,” the channel claimed.

Sunanda (51) was found dead in room of a five-star hotel Leela situated in south Delhi on the night of 17 January 2014, a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over her alleged affair with Tharoor. Delhi police had constituted SIT to investigate the case but nothing concrete has come out. Delhi police is facing allegations of dragging the investigation.

Cops have questioned several persons including Tharoor in connection with Sunanda's death. Police have also conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple. Viscera sample was also sent to FBI and report has already come out.  A medical board was re-constituted last year to understand the forensics of Sunanda Pushkar murder case.

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