Delhi court summons Tharoor as accused in Sunanda death case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jun 2018 08:33:30



Tharoor charged for abetment of suicide and committing cruelty towards Pushkar

A DELHI court on Tuesday summoned Congress leader Shashi Tharoor as an accused in the case related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death and asked him to appear before it on July 7, saying there were sufficient grounds to proceed against him.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal took cognisance of Tharoor’s alleged offences of abetment of suicide and committing cruelty towards Pushkar. “I have heard the prosecutor. I have gone through and perused the chargesheet and the documents filed along with it. On the basis of police report (chargesheet), I take cognisance of offence of abetment of suicide of late Sunanda Pushkar and committing cruelty upon her by Dr Shashi Tharoor,” the judge said.

“There exists sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor for commission of offences of Section 306 and 498 A of IPC. Issue
summons to him for appearance for July 7,” the court added. Tharoor’s lawyer and senior advocate Vikas Pahwa told reporters immediately after the court pronounced the order that no offence was made out against the Congress leader and the prosecution’s case was “absurd and preposterous.”

“We shall be asking for a copy of the chargesheet and the documents relied upon by the prosecution. After going through them, we shall decide our further course of action. Dr Tharoor will take all legal remedies available to him in law. “Since no offences are made out and the prosecution case is absurd, preposterous and contrary to various judgements of the Supreme Court, we shall take appropriate steps to deal with it,” Pahwa said.

On May 28, the court had reserved its order on whether to summon Tharoor as an accused in the case. The Delhi Police had on May 14 accused the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram of abetting Pushkar’s suicide and told a city court that he should be summoned as an accused in the four-and-half year-old case, claiming there was sufficient evidence against him.

In a nearly 3,000-page chargesheet, the police named Tharoor as the only accused while also alleging that he had subjected his wife to cruelty. It had also urged the court to summon Tharoor as an accused. The couple’s domestic servant, Narayan Singh, has been named one of the key witnesses in the case. Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room on the night of January 17, 2014. Tharoor has been charged under Sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

Under Section 498A, the maximum punishment is up to three years of imprisonment, while jail term up to 10 years is prescribed under Section 306. An FIR was registered by Delhi Police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC Section 302 (murder).




Police charges preposterous, will contest them: Tharoor


Shashi Tharoor termed the police charges against him as ‘preposterous and baseless’
and said he will continue to vigorously contest these so that truth will prevail.

In a statement, Tharoor said, he had taken notice of the developments in the case being heard by a judge of Patiala House court in relation to the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of his wife Sunanda. The former Union Minister said he has fully cooperated with the investigating team from the very start and continues to maintain that due legal process must be followed in all aspects related to this case.

“As I understand, the court has issued summons against my name and I have been asked to appear before the court on Saturday, July 7, 2018. “I would like to reiterate my position that I find the charges preposterous and baseless, the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign against myself.I will continue to vigorously contest these charges,” he said.