- Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, 52, has been found dead at a New Delhi Hotel
- She reportedly published a series of romantic messages between her husband Shashi Tharoor and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar
- Mrs Pushkar Tharoor later suggested Tarar was a Pakistani spy
- Her death is not currently being treated as suspicious
Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, wife of Indian Minister Shashi Tharoor, has been found dead at a New Delhi hotel
The wife of an Indian government minister has been found dead in a five-star new Delhi hotel following reports she had hacked into her husband’s Twitter account and published a series of romantic messages between him and a Pakistani journalist.
The body of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, 52, was discovered by authorities at the plush Leela Palace hotel. Authorities say they are not currently treated her death as suspicious.
Her death comes just one day after she and husband Shashi Tharoor, released a statement on Facebook claiming they were still happily married and intended to stay together.
Mr Tharoor’s personal assistant Abhinav Kumar told reporters: ‘She was lying in bed. There were no signs of any foul play or any struggle. She had no sign of poisoning or anything’.
Mrs Pushkar Tharoor, had reportedly hacked the Twitter account of her husband, who is India’s junior human resources minister, and published romantic messages apparently between him and journalist Mehr Tarar to his two million followers.
Mr Tharoor, known as ‘Minister Twitter’ for his love of the social messaging site – was left acutely embarrassed after the messages appeared on his feed.
They suggested to his more than two million followers that he was in the throes of a passionate affair with Ms Tarar, a high profile journalist.
Mr Tharoor, 57, quickly deleted the tweets, denying he had been having an affair and claiming his account had been ‘hacked’.
But Mrs Tharoor, subsequently told two Indian newspapers that she had published the private messages between him and Ms Tarar.
Shashi Tharoor was left red-faced after the messages appeared on his Twitter feed suggesting he was having an affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar
An ambulance arrives at the Leela Hotel in New Delhi where Sunanda Pushkar was found dead
Ms Tarar has posted a tribute to Pushkar on Twitter saying: ‘I just woke up and read this. I’m absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words. So tragic I don’t know what to say. Rest in peace,Sunanda.’
One of the incriminating messages, which appeared to have been sent directly from Ms Tarar’s account, said: ‘I love you, Shashi Tharoor. And I go while in love with you, irrevocably, irreversibly, hamesha [always]. Bleeding, but always your Mehr.’
Ms Tarar strongly denied sending the messages and any suggestion that she was in a relationship with Mr Tharoor.
But Mrs Tharoor had told India’s Economic Times newspaper that she had published the tweets to show the world how Ms Tarar was ‘stalking’ her husband.
Wedding: Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor are seen at their wedding ceremony in 2010. Her body was found at the 5 star Leela Palace hotel in New Delhi
Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor’s body was reportedly found lying on a bed at the luxury Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi
A room at the five star Leela Palace Hotel. According to Mr Tharoor’s personal assistant, there were no signs of any foul play or any struggle
As the story unfolded, Sunada Pushkar, Shashi Tharoor and Mehr Tarar all took to Twitter
Denial: Mehr Tarar’s Tweets
She said: ‘Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband.
‘And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention.’
Mrs Tharoor had been quoted by The Indian Express as saying that she would seek a divorce after learning that her husband and Ms Tarar had been having a ‘rip-roaring affair’ since April, which had left her feeling ‘destroyed as a wife and a woman’.’I completely stand by my tweets, 100 per cent stand by that,’ she told the paper.
‘That woman pursued and pursued him .. men are stupid anyways … for all you know she is a Pakistani agent. Where’s love, where’s loyalty in this world … I am so distraught.’
Yesterday the Tharoors released a joint statement on Facebook denying that they are planning to split.
‘We are distressed by the unseemly controversy that has arisen about some unauthorised tweets from our Twitter accounts,’ the statement said.
‘Various distorted accounts of comments allegedly made by Sunanda have appeared in the press.
‘It appears that some personal and private comments responding to these unauthorised tweets — comments that were not intended for publication — have been misrepresented and led to some erroneous conclusions.
‘We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalised this week and is seeking to rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy.’
Mrs Tharoor’s claims were strenuously denied by Ms Tarar, who is a columnist for Lahore’s Daily Times newspaper.
Shashi Tharoor and his bride Sunanda Pushkar pictured at their wedding in 2010
In a statement given to India’s NDTV channel, she said: ‘In her tweets, she has accused me both of stalking him and of having an affair with him. How can it be both?
‘It just shows there are wild allegations. Her tweets to me are so crazy that all I can do is laugh.
‘Maybe she took offense to the fact that I have praised him so much. But I am very transparent – anything that I have said is on my Twitter timeline, for the whole world to see.’
Ms Tarar interviewed Mr Tharoor in New Delhi last April, after which she wrote a flattering profile in which she described him as ‘strikingly good looking’ with a ‘powerful, deep and sensuous’ voice.
Mr Tharoor is a former UN diplomat who was once touted as a future secretary general.
Source : Daily Mail