"Anyone who knew my mother would simply know that she was too strong to commit suicide. I also do not believe that Shashi (Tharoor) was capable of physically harming her, let alone speculation that he could have taken her life," Shiv Menon said in a statement.

Shiv Menon said that the media coverage has forced him to speak out for his mother and issue the statement.

"They (Shasi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar) were very much in love, despite occasional differences, which they overcame. It was an unfortunate combination of media stress, tensions and a wrong mix of different medication," Shiv Menon's statement said.

It added that what the media reports have been implying in regard to his mother's death is not only just ‘untrue’ but also ‘outrageous’.

Shiv Menon also requested the media to let his mother's soul rest in peace.

Shiv is Sunanda Pushkar's son from her second marriage with Delhi-based financial consultant Sujit Menon.

Sunanda was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her room at the Leela Palace hotel in New Delhi on January 17.

A report by the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, who is probing her death, said that Sunanda died of poisoning. The investigations are incomplete and would continue.


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