Alleging that investigators probing the mysterious death of Sundanda Pushkar have been “instructed to close the case by putting the files in the cold cases cell”, the All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has demanded a thorough investigation into the matter.

Ms. Pushkar, the wife of Union Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a hotel room on January 17, a day after she accused Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar of having an affair with her husband.

The ADIWA also questioned the reasons for transferring the probe from the Crime Branch back to the South District Police.

“We feel there should be a fair, thorough and speedy investigation into this case. No clean-chits should be given to people involved in the case by either the police or the Ministers before the investigation is over,” said an AIDWA member, adding that the transfer has only raised suspicions regarding the chances of some external intervention in the probe.

She also said that on the basis of “some reliable reports” instructions are being given to close the case by putting the files in “cold cases cell”.