A Delhi court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of the Sunanda Pushkar death case until March 7. Pushkar’s husband and Congress MP, Dr Shashi Tharoor, was present in the court for the hearing. He is charged with abetment in the case.

Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj deferred the matter. During the hearing, Tharoor moved an application to travel to Bahrain and Qatar. The court directed the Delhi police to file reply on his plea by Feb 22.

While the police asked the court for 10 days’ time to argue on accusations against Tharoor, his lawyer Vikas Pahwa has filed a revision petition for non-compliance of evidence under Section 207 of the CrPC (supply the accused of copy of police report and other documents) as the documents provided by the prosecution to them have some discrepancies.

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Dr Tharoor is charged with sections 498-A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Pushkar was found dead in a hotel room on the night of January 17, 2014. Both Pushkar and Tharoor were staying in the hotel at the time because their official bungalow was under renovation

Both divorcees, Pushkar and Tharoor got married in August 2010.

Earlier this month, a Delhi court shifted the Sunanda Pushkar death case to the sessions court for further proceedings.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal sent the case to Additional Sessions Judge Arun Bhardwaj since the offence under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code was triable by a sessions judge.

The court had also directed Delhi police to preserve the vigilance report in the matter. The maximum punishment for the offence is 10 years of imprisonment.

Picture credit- Indian Express

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