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Sunday 31 August 2014

Affair claim journalist haunted by tragic death

Dean Nelson New Delhi

Published 20/01/2014 | 02:30

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Sunanda Puskhar Tharoor (R), wife of India's Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, poses with her husband at the Indian F1 Grand Prix. Photo: Reuters.
Sunanda Puskhar Tharoor (R), wife of India's Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, poses with her husband at the Indian F1 Grand Prix. Photo: Reuters.

The Pakistani journalist accused of an affair with an Indian minister has said she is "shattered" by the death of his wife.

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Mehr Tarar was accused by Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, the wife of India's human resources minister, Shashi Tharoor, of having an affair with her husband.

Last week, Mrs Tharoor published a series of messages on her husband's Twitter account accusing him of having an affair. Less than 72 hours later she was found dead in her hotel room. "Her death is going to haunt me for ages," said Miss Tarar. "I cried the whole night."

Mr Tharoor said yesterday that he was "horrified to read the reckless speculation" that was "rampant" in the coverage of his wife's death. He has asked India's home minister for a speedy inquiry to establish the truth of his wife's death.

Mrs Tharoor accused Ms Tarar of having a "rip roaring affair" with her husband, stalking him incessantly. She also accused Miss Tarar of being a Pakistani spy.

Despite a joint statement last week claiming the Tharoors remained happily married, staff at their home said they had argued continually for 72 hours.

Mrs Tharoor was "distraught" about the alleged affair, a friend reportedly said, and is believed to have taken an overdose of antidepressants hours later.

Ms Tarar denied any affair or that she was spy. She said she had had a brief, platonic friendship with him and that the controversy had been caused by unfounded paranoia. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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