New Delhi: Sunanda Pushkar's brother has come out with a statement on Saturday over the speculations relating to her sudden death. In his first strong comment over the issue, Colonel Rajesh Pushkar has criticised the media for "slanderous statements" over the death of his sister while expressing support for his brother-in-law Shashi Tharoor, the Union Minister of State for HRD in the UPA government.
He said that Tharoor and his sister were "madly in love with each other" and he could have never harmed her.
Sunanda, 52, was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on January 17, a day after her Twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.
Here is the full statement:
My father and I are deeply disturbed at the slanderous statements that have been made in the media regarding the demise of my sister Mrs Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor. I have been with both Shashi and my sister throughout their journey together and can say with utmost confidence that they were a couple madly in love with each other.
Differences, if any, were momentary and do happen in every household, and we do not believe they have any bearing on the incident. I have known my sister to be an angel at heart but to often impulsively say things she did not mean and withdraw them later. My sister was one of the strongest personalities and to even remotely think that she would do any bodily harm to herself is preposterous and should not be believed.
Also to think that my brother-in-law would do any harm to her is unimaginable. I would request that the matter be put to rest so that peace can be bestowed on the departed soul. I also request that any investigation being conducted be concluded at the earliest in order to put an end to the rumours that are hurting my family.