Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar. (Reuters file photo)
The Delhi Police questioned four people today in connection with the Sunanda Pushkar murder case, a week after the case was registered. Police sources said Ms Pushkar's husband, former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, will be questioned once they have taken down the statements of other key persons.
One of the persons questioned today was the former Personal Security Officer of Mr Tharoor, said police sources. The officer was asked about the details of Mr Tharoor's movements in the days leading up to Ms Pushkar's death.
Another person questioned was Dr Sanjay Dewan, the Consul General for Cape Verde and a family friend of Mr Tharoor.
Dr Dewan, who had been present at the South Delhi hotel when Ms Pushkar was found dead, was questioned for seven hours.
According to the sources, Dr Dewan had gone to meet Ms Pushkar that evening. But he was told she was asleep. Unable to meet her, he waited at the hotel and later, called in a private physician who declared her dead.
The police had asked why he had cancelled his trip to Mumbai that day to go to the hotel to meet Ms Pushkar, and why he called in the doctor.
"I acted out of my best interests to help someone I know," Dr Dewan told NDTV.
Ms Pushkar was found dead at a South Delhi hotel on January 17 last year, days after a spat on social media with a Pakistani journalist whom she accused of having an affair with her husband. The cause of her death was a matter of speculation till the police filed a murder case earlier this month.
Dr Tharoor, who earlier alleged that the police was trying to frame him in the case, has said he will cooperate with the investigation.