Delhi Police charges Tharoor with abetment to suicide in Sunanda Pushkar’s death case
Delhi Police on Monday filed a charge sheet in Sunanda Pushkar death case and arraigned Indian National Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for abetment to suicide.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the suite of a South Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014, and the room was sealed that night itself for investigation.
Police had registered an FIR on January 1, 2015, against unknown persons under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code.
On August 22, 2010, Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram and Sunanda Pushkar had entered wedlock. Pushkar died within about three years of her marriage with Tharoor.
After investigation, police today filed the charge sheet running into about 3,000-pages in Patiala House court and submitted that Tharoor was the only person accused for abetting the suicide of his wife.
Police contended that there was adequate evidence to proceed against Tharoor and so his custodial interrogation was necessary as investigation was yet to be concluded.
It has charged Tharoor under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC.
Police has submitted that all the possible and material evidence had been collected and verified. It was felt that custodial interrogation of Tharoor would be required in the case.
Police has pleaded that Narayan Singh, the domestic servant, was one of the key witnesses in the case.
Delhi Police has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and submitted that a draft final report has been sent to the prosecution department of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi for legal scrutiny and it would be filed in the trial court concerned after being vetted.
After hearing the contentions on behalf of the police, Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh, put the charge sheet for consideration on May 24 this year.