Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.
A Delhi court today summoned former Union minister and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to appear before it on July 7 as an accused in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. The Patiala House court issued the summons after taking note of the charge-sheet filed by the police. The court said that it has sufficient grounds to proceed against the parliamentarian after perusal of the police’s document.
The court also asked the prosecution to file its reply on an application by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, whom the court allowed earlier in the day to argue on the destruction of evidence in the case.
Vikas Pahwa, Shashi Tharoor’s counsel said that he will ask the court to provide a copy of the charge-sheet. “After going through it, we will ll decide our further course of action. He will take all legal remedies available to him in law.”
“Since no offences are made out and the prosecution case is absurd and preposterous and is contrary to various judgments of SC, we shall take appropriate steps to deal with the charge-sheet.”
The Delhi Police said that court has gone through the application and accordingly it has directed the city police to file a written reply. “We will examine it and give the due professional reply,” D Pathak, Delhi Police PRO, told reporters.
Meanwhile, Shashi Tharoor has issuesd a statement saying all charges are false. “I find the charges preposterous and baseless, the product of malicious and vindictive campaign against myself.”
My statement on today’s news. pic.twitter.com/5zWf4PR9ue
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 5, 2018
The Delhi Police had last month filed the charge-sheet in which it had named Tharoor. The police had charged Tharoor under Sections 306 and 498A of the IPC that dealt with the abetment to suicide and subjecting a woman to cruelty by her husband or his relative respectively.
During the arguments in the case last month, police had explained to the court that the MP has been charged with abetment to suicide and cruelty after it was found that Pushkar had, in a mail addressed to Tharoor on January 8, 2014, expressed her desire to die. Police told the court that there was enough evidence to proceed against Tharoor and urged the court to issue summons to the MP as an accused.
Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances at a hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.