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Indian minister urges swift inquiry into death of wife

NEW DELHI--Indian minister Shashi Tharoor, whose wife was found dead in a luxury hotel room, called Sunday for a swift inquiry so the truth "can come out as soon as possible," an official said.

Tharoor wrote to the home minister on Sunday saying "he was horrified to read the reckless speculation" about his wife's death, which came after she exposed his alleged adultery with a Pakistani journalist on Twitter.

Tharoor, a former high-flying U.N. diplomat, pledged his "full and unstinting cooperation" with investigations into what doctors have described as his wife's "unnatural, sudden death" on Friday evening.

"Mr. Tharoor has requested the home minister to expedite the inquiry so that the truth behind his wife's death can come out as soon as possible," Tharoor's private secretary Abhinav Kumar told AFP.

"He is in a state of shock. He is anxious and keen to know the truth ... what happened that day, no one can say."

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