Sunanda Pushkar death case: Delhi police accuse husband and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor of abetment to suicide

The police in its charge sheet, which runs into around 3,000 pages, has also alleged that Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty.

Published: 14th May 2018 03:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th May 2018 07:33 PM   |  A+A-

The late Sunanda Pushkar along with husband and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. (File Photo)

By PTI

NEW DELHI:  Over four years after Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a hotel suite here, the Delhi Police today charged the senior Congress leader with abetting her suicide, claiming there was enough evidence to proceed against him.

Tharoor, 62, dismissed as "preposterous" the nearly 3,000-page charge sheet filed before a city court and asserted he intends to contest it "vigorously" while the Congress stood by the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram and a former international civil servant, alleging it is a "conspiracy" by the Modi government to defame him.

In a blow to Tharoor, the suave Congress leader is the only person to be arrayed as an accused in the case in which the police have concluded that it was a case of suicide and not murder.

An FIR was registered by Delhi Police on January 1, 2015, against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).

The police has also alleged that Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty.

The Congress leader has been charged under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC).

While section 498 A entails a maximum punishment of 3 years in prison, section 306 attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years.

Pushkar's death had created a sensation as it came shortly after a bitter spat between the couple over the twitter, over his alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.

Pushkar, 51,was found dead in a suite in Hotel Leela, a luxury hotel in Chankayapuri, on the night of January 17, 2014.

The charge sheet in the mysterious death of Pushkar was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh, who will consider it on May 24.

The agency while asking the court to take cognisance of the charge sheet said there was enough evidence to proceed against Tharoor.

It urged the court to summon Tharoor as an accused.

The couple's domestic servant Narayan Singh is one of the key witnesses in the case.

The charge sheet that includes several annexures noted that Pushkar died within four years of her marriage.

The couple had entered into wedlock on August 22, 2010.

It was the third marriage for both Tharoor and Pushkar, According to prosecution sources, the charge sheet has mentioned that Pushkar was allegedly subjected to mental as well as physical cruelty.

After all the possible and material evidence collected and verified, it was felt that his custodial interrogation would not be required in the case at this stage, the charge sheet, which contains several medical reports, said.

Tharoor has not been arrested in the case as he had joined the investigation when required.

The Delhi Police said the charge sheet was finalised on the basis of "medico-legal and forensic evidence".

"On the basis of medico-legal and forensic evidence analysed during the investigation as well as the opinion of psychological autopsy experts, the charge sheet was filed. The matter is sub judice," said a Delhi Police spokesperson.

Psychological autopsy is a reconstructive mental state evaluation to understand an individual's mental state at and around the time of death for the purpose of identifying the cause of death.

Tharoor took to Twitter to respond to the charge sheet.

"I have taken note of the filing of this preposterous charge sheet &intend to contest it vigorously. No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part," he tweeted.

"It does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police. In oct 17, the Law Officer made a statement in the Delhi High Court that they have not found anything against anyone & now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide. unbelievable!," Tharoor added.

AICC spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the charge sheet was a conspiracy to defame and malign Tharoor.

"We won't cow down or bow down," he said, alleging, "This is a conspiracy to defame Shashi Tharoor and malign him and the Modi government is using Delhi police."

"We reject the charges totally. Where is the charge coming from?. It is coming from the BJP headquarters. It is coming from the factory of lies."

The Congress in Kerala described as 'politically motivated' the charge sheet while a state BJP leader demanded the MP's resignation.

Opposition leader in the Kerala assembly Ramesh Chennithala said "using power, an attempt is being made by BJP to suppress and insult Congress leaders."

On several occasions, "wrong" reports have been given to the media with regard to the case to "insult" Tharoor, the Congress leader said in a statement.

BJP leader M T Ramesh demanded that Tharoor immediately resigns as an MP.

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  • sri

    I doubted him from the beginning. His smile is dangerous
    1 year ago reply
  • Johnson

    Till the end of 2019 general election we will continue to hear many charge-sheets being filed.
    1 year ago reply
  • badri poondi

    The high profile deaths under "suspicious circumstances" are a great opportunity for voluntary investigation by media for days on end after news breaks out, but the official investigation moves by jerks and jolts, stops midway and continues years after without hint of any conclusive verdict. Ms Jayalalitha, Ms Sridevi deaths also got lot of investigative coverage in print and electronic media. Even cases of Mahatma Gandhi, SC Bose, LB Shastri etc are also sought to be raked up now. Courts get busy hearing these pleas of no immediate consequence at the cost of more urgent issues pending for adjudication! If Mr Tharoor gets into problem, the congress would lose the excellent services of the professor. Coming on the heels of Mr Chidambaram family cases, there is reason in Congress getting jittery and running to President and the Press day in and day out to bully the PM. After all Sri Raja, Sri Dayanidhi etc had escaped for the present thanks to lousy cbi investigations. This should enthuse the Congress. But the fate of Laluji at the hands of law does cause serious fears to the grand old party. Media are happy for gaining viewership by such sensational news, but the public are weary of such stuff.
    1 year ago reply
  • Poda De

    This crook Tharoora
    1 year ago reply
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