Sunanda leaves behind assets worth millions, no will

NEW DELHI: Although most of us know Sunanda Pushkar as the wife of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, but this was not the only identity of her. She was a self-made woman who had carved out a niche for herself in the business world. 

According to Mumbai based English daily DNA, she owned assets worth millions in the form of houses, investments, watches and antiques in India, UAE and Canada.

As per the declaration of assets filed by Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor to government of India, she owned 12 flats in Dubai worth around Rs93 crore and also a house in Ontario in Canada, which is also worth around Rs3.5 crore as per official records. Shiv Menon, her son from second husband, lives in one of the Dubai flats.  Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda, as per the law, have filed their annual asset declaration statements on 31st January 2013, which also mentions her shares, deposits and cash in various currencies valuing to around Rs seven crores. 

Sunanda also inherited a collection of exquisite shahtoosh shawls from her grandmother worth around Rs30 lakh. She has also kept an antique armour and a Humayuni sword from Mughal Emperor Humayun’s era in a storage in Canada, the value of which is unknown.

In absence of a formal will it is to be seen who will inherit her property. “As for as I know, she has not left any will. If that would have been the case, we would have known that,” DNA quoted an unnamed close friend of Sunanda as saying.

Known for her style and fashion sense Sopore girl also had jewellery worth around Rs two crore in lockers in Dubai, besides an exotic collection of 25 foreign watches worth around Rs five crore.

At her native Sopore in north Kashmir, Sunanda, owns land worth Rs12 lakh and had purchased two cars worth Rs five lakh and Rs nine lakh in Dubai and Delhi respectively

She had clarified that she is not involved in any businesses, but occasionally practiced as real estate consultant in the UAE, which remained her place of domicile. 

52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a five star hotel in Delhi on January 17.

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