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Tharoor meets Ahmed Patel ahead of cops’ interrogation

Highly placed sources in the party said that Tharoor had sought an appointment with Patel two days ago.

While the issue of registration of a murder case in Sunanda’s death came up for discussion briefly, the two leaders also discussed prevailing political scenario and recent developments in Kerala, from where Tharoor is elected to Lok Sabha.

There is little likelihood of any meeting of Tharoor with Sonia or Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in days to come, the sources said, adding nothing has been decided on further course of action against Tharoor vis-a-vis party affairs so far. The Congress had earlier said that there must be an impartial inquiry into the matter. “It is my duty to cooperate with the police investigation and not to undermine the probe in any way,” Tharoor said.

Tharoor said that it is his duty to cooperate in the investigation into the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar even as Delhi Police said it will not question him as of now.

“It is my duty to cooperate with the police investigation and not to undermine the probe in any way,” said Tharoor while heading back to Delhi on a flight from Kochi after a fortnight-long stay for Ayurveda treatment at Guruvayur.

A senior Delhi Police official said they were not going to question Tharoor for now as they want to first examine all other people related to the case and look into the available evidence. “As of now we have no business with him. We would like to question his aides and others including the hotel staff. We would like to collate all the available material relevant to the case and then take a decision on the issue of examining him (Tharoor),” he said.

Sustained misinformation campaign against Tharoor: Congress

Rallying behind party MP Shashi Tharoor, who is under spotlight of media and political parties over his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case, Congress on Monday alleged that there is “sustained misinformation campaign based on insinuation and innuendos” against him and stressed he “neither was, nor is accused in the case”.

While sources ruled out any plan in the party to ask him to resign, party spokesperson Randip Surjewala at the AICC briefing hit out at the BJP saying sections of the ruling party claim to have access to documents that can only be available with the investigating officer or agency.

The remarks by the party spokesperson came a day after Tharoor met Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, where he is learnt to have explained his side of story.

“Intervention or interference within ongoing criminal investigation is neither appropriate nor warranted,” Surjewala said at the outset before alleging that “there is a sustained misinformation campaign based in which a certain section of the leadership of the BJP is also involved”.
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