Sunanda Pushkar case: Relief for Shashi Tharoor, Delhi court grants interim bail on Rs 1 lakh surety

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New Delhi | Updated: July 5, 2018 12:13:15 PM

A local Delhi today granted interim bail to senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on a surety of Rs 1 lakh. Tharoor is an accused in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

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A local Delhi court today granted interim bail to senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on a surety of Rs 1 lakh. Tharoor is an accused in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. He had moved the court on July 3 seeking interim relief after he was summoned by the police as an accused on July 7. On July 4, the court had reserved its verdict on his plea. The Delhi Police have, however, opposed his plea.

Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted Tharoor the relief on personal bond of Rs 1 lakh while directing him to neither tamper with evidence nor leave the country without the court’s prior permission.

In his plea for anticipatory bail plea, Tharoor had submitted that the charge sheet in the case was filed and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had categorically stated that the probe was concluded and that his custodial interrogation was not required.

In May, the police had filed the chargesheet, naming Tharoor. He has been charged under sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC, but has not been arrested in the case.

On June 5, the court took cognizance of the chargesheet and admitted the charges slapped on him and observed that ‘there is sufficient ground to proceed against the Congress politician’.

Meanwhile, reacting to the news of anticipatory bail being granted to Tharoor, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “There is nothing for Shashi Tharoor to celebrate. He is not in Tihar jail, he can sit with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, they are also bail-wallas. Yes, he can’t go out of the country and see all his girlfriends in various parts of the world.”

Tharoor, 62, is a Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram. He has been asked to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal on July 7.

His wife Pushkar (51) was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a room of a hotel on south Delhi on January 17, 2014. Pushkar died days after she had alleged that her husband was having an affair with a Pakistan-based journalist.

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