“Justice delayed is justice denied.”
It’s been almost two years when Sunanda Pushkar, wife of member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor was found dead in the hotel room. Sunanda was found dead inside her suite at a five-star hotel in January 2014, a day after she was involved in a spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over the latter’s alleged affair with Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram. Earlier police reports confirmed the death of Ms Pushkar was due to poisoning/drug overdose but later AIIMS medical board identified injury marks over her body, though also referring sedative overdose as primary reason of the death. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate then ordered the investigation and to examine the cause of poisoning and to ascertain if it was suicide or murder.
However, in July 2014, when the doctor Sudhir Gupta claimed that he was forced to give false report in the case, the controversy deepened. Moreover, the medical team examining the case concluded the cause of death as poisoning but on the other hand, Delhi Police reported it as murder and filed a FIR. The case is active again without any solid developments since then and it has been more than 2 years.
For sure, the truth needs to come out. But, not at the case of making an ‘innocent man’ guilty because of his political leanings and we must refrain from making allegations, unless supported by hardcore evidence. Moving beyond allegations of four men staying in the same hotel with false passports or someone forcing the poison inside her mouth, there is a dire need to unravel the mystery to find the truth.
Hence-forth, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has urged home minister Rajnath Singh to order an SIT probe under supervision of either the Supreme Court or high court into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar accusing the Delhi Police of dragging its feet in the case. Rajya Sabha member, who has been pushing for speedy investigation into the case and had targeted Tharoor, said it was the duty of the police to take the probe to its logical conclusion but the investigators are yet to move anywhere near filing a charge sheet.
We are no one to write at length on the nitty-gritty of the investigation of Sunanda Pushkar’s alleged murder. As a common men a thought pops up in my mind that how a high-profile woman checking in a five-star hotel in Delhi was ‘allegedly murdered’ in her room. Ok, if we assume she was murdered by an unknown people. Then the other question that comes up is whether there will be any form of closure in this case which bears an uncanny similarity to the death of the young and innocent child, Arushi Talwar.
We as a common man can only nurture hope that finally something concrete will come out when Rajya Sabha member has urged home minister Rajnath Singh to order an SIT probe under supervision of either the Supreme Court or high court into the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar. One can only ‘hope’ that the case is thoroughly investigated unlike the ‘botched up’ closure of the case. Will the truth without any partiality will ever be found? Perhaps, it’s a long way to go and we will have to wait for a very long time. Let’s pray that the memory of Sunanda Pushkar will get honoured one day.