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India minister's wife appeared to have died of drug overdose: Press Trust of India

Published on Jan 21, 2014 12:02 AM
Ms Sunanda Puskhar and her husband Shashi Tharoor, India's Minister of State for Human Resource Development, share a moment during their wedding ceremony at Tharoor's house in Palakkad, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, August 22, 2010. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - The wife of Indian minister Shahshi Tharoor, found dead in a luxury hotel after accusing her husband of being unfaithful, appeared to have died of drug overdose, news agency Press Trust of India said on Monday.

Mr Tharoor, 57, the junior human resources development minister, found his wife Sunanda Pushkar dead on Friday in her five-star hotel room in New Delhi after he returned from a Congress party meeting.

An autopsy report, which was submitted on Monday to a magistrate charged with investigating her death, cited a drug overdose as the cause of death, PTI reported.

According to PTI, Magistrate Alok Sharma refused to elaborate the details of the report, saying he would study it along with recorded statements of others, including that of Mr Tharoor.

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