Congress politician Shashi Tharoor is yet another Congressman who is facing trial. Hearing of his wife’s death case is going on in a Delhi court.
A Delhi sessions court has started hearing in the infamous Sunanda Pushkar death case in which her husband and Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor is facing abetment to suicide and cruelty charges.
Shashi is facing charges under sections 498-A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Shashi Tharoor was granted regular bail last year but has not been arrested in the case. Sunanda Pushkar’s husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who has been accused of abetting her suicide, was present in the court.
In 2018, police filed a chargesheet against accused Shashi Tharoor of abetment to suicide of his own wife Sunanda Pushkar. Sunanda was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in New Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014. The couple was staying in the hotel as the official bungalow of Shashi was being renovated at that time.
Well-known BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed a petition in the Patiala House court seeking a direction to Delhi Police to produce the report of a vigilance enquiry conducted in Sunanda’s death.
On 4th February 2019 the Patiala House Court sent the case for trial after dismissing Swamy’s plea seeking to assist the court in the matter. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal had directed Tharoor to appear before District and Sessions Judge Arun Bhardwaj on that day.
Earlier in February 2019, a Delhi court rejected application by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, seeking to conduct prosecution in a case against Congress MP.
Shashi’s counsel Vikas Pahwa had opposed Subramaniam’s plea, while public prosecutor Atul Shrivastav stated that a third party must not get into this matter as it is a criminal case and the matter is between the Delhi Police and the accused person.
Shashi was granted regular bail on 7th July 2018 after he appeared before the court following summons issued against him.