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The News Minute | January 8, 2015 | 10.15 AM IST “Sunanda case: Tenth injury is a surprising evidence,” was the headline of a story on a Malayalam news channel's website. The story went on to say that it was confirmed that Thiruvananthapuram MP and the husband of late Sunanda Pushkar Shashi Tharoor had extra-marital relationships. It also claimed that the list of suspects had Tharoor’s name right on top. Many Hindi and English channels have been zooming into the 'exclusive' pictures of Sunanda's injuries for two days now. But the news of a tenth injury mark had not been reported anywhere else. The story of this Malayalam news website also had a photo of the Sunanda Pushkar’s face with an injury on her cheek and a measuring tape running across her face. The article which had over 320 words repeated the headline in a single sentence towards the end of it, but had no mention of why that evidence was considered as "surprising." When contacted, the author of the report said the headline was given in such a manner so that it would “attract the attention of the readers.” When pointed out that the article had nothing about what made the injury mark important, he replied that even he knew it. Later when asked if he was privy to any information that no other news organizations even the national media in Delhi had, he replied in the negative. To the question on how could he confirm that Mr. Tharoor had extra-marital relationships, the author replied saying that this was what “most people in Kerala knew.” When pressed further he said that such “exaggerations” were necessary in a crime story. When it was asked to him if hearsay should be reported as such and not as facts he replied that it was “a part of making a story interesting to the readers.” So how did the report say that Tharoor’s name was the first in the list of suspected people who had killed Sunanda, he said that the MP’s “mannerisms” made it evident. He further said that the fact that CCTV footage of the hotel had not been obtained, but added 'there were rumours' about conversations between the couple moments before the death that had been deleted from the CCTV cameras. This according to the journalist made it clear that it was Tharoor who is first in the list of suspected people. Maybe "Reporter TV" should have classified this report as fiction. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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