The wife of an Indian minister was found dead in a New Delhi
hotel room, days after she engaged in a Twitter dispute with a Pakistani
journalist she accused of stalking her husband.
spokesman, Rajan Bhagat, said the cause of Sunanda Pushkar's death
Friday was under investigation. The Press Trust of India news agency
reported the cause was believed to be suicide. Police declined comment,
the Associated Press reported.
Pushkar. 52, and her husband,
junior Human Resources Development Minister Shashi Tharoor, had found
themselves on the front pages of Indian newspapers and in social media
after she allegedly tweeted Thursday that her husband was having an
affair with the Pakistani woman, Mehr Tarar. The tweets also accused the
journalist of being a spy.
Abhinav Kumar, a minister's aide, said
that Tharoor and his wife had moved into the five-star hotel Thursday
while their home was being painted. The minister first thought his wife
was sleeping when he returned to their suite Friday night after a
meeting, but she was found dead, he said.
Pushkar on Thursday gave a series of rambling interviews to Indian TV
stations in which she said did not plan to leave her husband.
Pakistani journalist, in interviews with Indian TV stations on
Thursday, denied she was having an affair with Tharoor. She said she had
met him in the past for interviews.
Tharoor was U.N.
undersecretary-general for communications and public information under
former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His name was among those considered
for the top U.N. post in 2006, when Ban Ki Moon was selected.
On Saturday, a hospital official called the death unnatural.
postmortem has been completed, we have sent samples for toxicology
analysis to rule out poisoning," Sudhir Gupta, head of the autopsy board
at the hospital, told CNN.
"This is a preliminary report but we
can say that it is a case of unnatural sudden death. There were certain
injuries on her body but we can't reveal details at the moment."
A final report will be concluded in a few days, Gupta said.
had said she had gone into her husband's Twitter account and put out
private messages that she alleged Tarar had sent to her husband over
BlackBerry Messenger, Reuters reported.