In one of the drastic moves, the Senior Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor has been charged with abetment to suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014. Tharoor is the only person who has been arrayed as an accused in the death case of Sunanda Pushkar.
In the 3,000 page charge-sheet, the Delhi police in its charge sheet also alleged that Tharoor had subjected Sunanda to cruelty. The charge sheet has been filed more than four years after Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a Hotel room in Delhi.
The charge-sheet concluded that as Pushkar killed herself, no one has been charged with murder. The charge sheet was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
The charge sheet also confirmed marital discord as the cause of suicide and says that one party led the other to commit suicide. “Sunanda Pushkar was being harassed for long. Her medical records show she was suffering from depression,” the charge sheet said.
Shashi Tharoor has not been arrested because he is an MP and has cooperated in the probe and there was no danger of him escaping, police said.
After he was charged with abetment to suicide, Tharoor responded to the charge sheet in two tweets, calling it preposterous and said that he would contest it vigorously. “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 the investigation, it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police,” he wrote.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a hotel room on January 17, 2014, days after being embroiled in a Twitter war with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar over the latter’s alleged closeness with Tharoor.
The initial post-mortem report said that death occurred due to poisoning. While traces of Alzolam was found in her body and a strip of the sleeping pills found in her room, the actual poison couldn’t be confirmed.
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