Four years on, Sunanda Pushkar’s death is still a mystery. However, recently a Delhi court declared that Congress leader Shashi Tharoor will face trial in the death of his wife.
A chargesheet was filed by Delhi Police and court has ordered to summon Tharoor on July 7
“I have gone through chargesheet and documents filed. On the basis of police report I take cognisance for the offence of abetment to suicide punishable under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code and committing cruelty upon late Sunanda Pushkar under Section 498A IPC by Shashi Tharoor,” said the judge, News18 reported.
The Congress MP is accused of his wife’s death. Thus, a Delhi court set the date for his summons after taking cognizance of the chargesheet filed in the Pushkar death case.
“There exist sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor for commission of offences in the case,” said the court, TOI reported.
Pushkar was found dead in a suite of Delhi’s Leela Hotel on the night of January 17, 2014. Last month, four years after the incident, the Delhi Police filed a chargesheet and accused Tharoor in the case.
According to the chargesheet, Pushkar faced marital discord. She was forced to kill herself by consuming an overdose of antidepressant pills, alprazolam (Alprax), and was driven to commit suicide because of her husband’s cruel nature.
“Sunanda Pushkar was being harassed for long. Her medical records show she was suffering from depression,” the chargesheet said
Tharoor had responded to the chargesheet in two tweets, saying, “No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part. If this is conclusion arrived at after 4+ yrs of investigation, it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police,” he wrote.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also said that “there exist sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor under Section 306 and 498A of IPC”.
Feature Image Credit: Wikipedia