BS Bassi, the Delhi Police chief said on Monday that the inquest would continue in the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife while maintaining that there is “no reason” to proceed in any other way, virtually ruling out an FIR in the case as of now.
The police commissioner told reporters, “From the circumstantial evidence collected so far and from the statement of witnesses, there is no reason for us to proceed in any other fashion so we are carrying on our inquiries under Section 174 CrPC.”
Inquest proceedings under Section 174 CrPC were initiated in the Sunanda case according to which a sub-divisional magistrate inquires into the death of a woman if she dies within seven years of her marriage.
In this case, on January 21, a sub-divisional magistrate had directed Delhi Police to investigate the murder or suicide angle in the case after autopsy report has cited the death as “sudden and unnatural” while the cause of death was mentioned as poisoning.
The police can file an FIR in this case if it finds any foul play but until then the inquiry will go on under section 174 CrPC.
Sunanda, 52, was found dead in a 5-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, a day after her twitter spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over an alleged affair with Tharoor.