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Indian Minister Shashi Tharoor hospitalized as police probe wife's mysterious death

English.news.cn   2014-01-18 14:04:51

NEW DELHI, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Indian Minister Shashi Tharoor has been admitted to a hospital after he complained of chest pain, hours after his wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a five-star hotel in the national capital, sources said Saturday.

"Tharoor was rushed to the premier All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in the Indian capital after he complained of uneasiness and chest pain late last night, following the mysterious death of his 52-year-old wife," the sources said.

Doctors treating the high-profile Indian politician have said that Tharoor is out of danger.

"Shashi Tharoor had a minor cardiac event on Friday night and was hospitalized in the intensive cardiac care unit. He was kept in the ICU, given appropriate treatment and after stabilization he was shifted to a private ward," Medical Superintendent Dr. D.K. Sharma told the media.

Meanwhile, the sources said that his wife's body has been shifted to the same hospital early this morning for a post-mortem test.

"The post-mortem will be carried out by a team of doctors under the supervision of a magistrate who is probing the death of the minister's wife. The minister's statement was recorded and mobile phone of his wife has also been seized by the police," they added.

Local TV channels have reported that the Delhi Police is tight- lipped whether her death was natural or unnatural even though no suicide note has been found from the hotel suite of Sunanda.

Sunanda was found lying dead on the bed of her hotel suite by her husband at 8.30 p.m. Friday, after he returned from the ruling Congress party's conclave in the national capital, just two days after she was reportedly disturbed by an alleged extra-marital affair of Shashi Tharoor with a Pakistani journalist.

The minister and his wife -- who tied the knot in 2010, the third marriage for both -- had checked into the hotel because their home was being painted, said one of his assistants who also said that the police was called in to the crime scene by Shashi Tharoor himself.

Sunanda had Wednesday accused in a series of tweets Pakistani columnist Mehr Tarar of "stalking" the minister and that evening reportedly told an Indian news channel she was planning to seek a divorce as she was "heart broken" after uncovering her husband's illicit affair.

Hours later that day, the couple had, however, issued a joint statement, saying they were "happily married" and "intend to stay that way", adding that she sought privacy as she was not keeping well.

The flamboyant Indian minister entered into politics in 2009 becoming a member of parliament from the southern state of Kerala, after an unsuccessful bid in 2006 for the secretary general of the United Nations where he spent 20 years as a diplomat, rising to under secretary general under Kofi Annan.

Editor: chengyang
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