Known to be articulate, former diplomat Shashi Tharoor has courted many controversies as a politician. The senior Congress leader, had to resign from the post of Minister of State for External Affairs back in 2010 after being accused of giving his girlfriend Sunanda Pushkar close to INR 80 crores stake in the Kochi IPL team and failing to prove that he didn’t benefit from the dealings.
The St. Stephens Alumni got into trouble whether it was him criticizing Nehru’s foreign policies or his ‘cattle class’ tweet. The former UN official was also under the scanner when he married Dubai-based businesswoman Sunanda Pushkar and later when she died in 2015 over whether or not her death was a suicide. Recently a petition to nominate Tharoor as the UPA’s Prime Minister candidate for the 2019 elections has been doing rounds.
In 2015 January, a close aide and distant relative of Tharoor, Nandakumar Radhakrishnan was penalised for fraud and dishonesty by the Dubai International Financial Centre Court. The company, Afras Limited and Nandakumar, Managing Director of Afras were known to device fraudulent schemes and siphoned close to USD 24 million from Corinth Pipeworks. The issue came to light when the Greek company filed a claim against Barclays Bank.