Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a suite of Delhi’s Leela Hotel on the night of January 17, 2014. Four years after the incident, the Delhi Police have filed a chargesheet and named Tharoor in the case.
The chargesheet was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh at the Patiala House court. Police have concluded that it was a case of suicide, and not murder. The FIR in the case was filed under Section 302 IPC.
The chargesheet mentions marital discord as the cause of Sunanda’s suicide. It also says that one party led the other to commit suicide. The Delhi Police chargesheet mentions Tharoor’s name in column 2 because they claim they do not have enough evidence to charge the Thiruvananthapuram MP as an accused.
He has also been charged with cruelty in his marriage.
The chargesheet mentions marital discord as the cause of suicide. It says that one party led the other to commit suicide
The chargesheet has around 3,000 pages. According to the police, Pushkar died within three years, three months and 15 days of her marriage with Tharoor. The couple married on August 22, 2010.
The court is likely to take cognisance of the chargesheet on May 24, where the Delhi Police would press for summoning Tharoor. The public prosecutor said that as per legal procedure, Tharoor can only be summoned by the court as he is a suspect in the case.
Sunanda Pushkar had publicly accused her husband of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. Soon after, she was found dead in a suite of a five-star hotel. in south Delhi.
Police had first said that Sunanda was poisoned and registered a murder case in January 2015. They didn’t name any suspect at that time.