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Shashi Tharoor Gets Clean Chit in Wife Sunanda Pushkar Death Case, Rues 'Absolute Torture for Over 7 Yrs'

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Last Updated: August 18, 2021, 13:32 IST

Shashi Tharoor, a former union minister, is currently on bail in the Sunanda Pushkar death case.

Shashi Tharoor, a former union minister, is currently on bail in the Sunanda Pushkar death case.

Delhi Police had named Shashi Tharoor as the prime accused in Sunanda Pushkar murder case.

The Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday discharged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in the Sunanda Pushkar death case. The former Union minister, who was named prime accused in the case by Delhi police, said it was an “absolute torture for seven-and-a-half years" and thanked the judge.

During the arguments, while police had sought framing of various charges, including 306 (abetment of suicide), senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor, told the court that the investigation conducted by the SIT completely exonerated the politician of all the charges levelled against him.

On the last date of hearing, the court had adjourned the order for Wednesday, August 18. Meanwhile, the court had allowed Delhi Police to submit additional documents related to the case. Public Prosecutor Atul Kumar Srivastava had sought to file some judgments of the High Court and Supreme Court along with written submissions with regard to framing of charges in the case.

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Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel in Delhi in January 2014. Tharoor was a minister in the UPA government at the time, and the couple was staying at the hotel as their official residence was being renovated. Tharoor was charged under sections 498A and 306 of the Indian Penal Code by Delhi Police, but was not arrested in the case. Tharoor was granted bail in the case in July 2018.

Earlier, the pronouncement of the order got deferred in the matter. The court of special judge Geetanjali Goel was initially scheduled to deliver its judgment on July 27, but deferred its order to August 18, while allowing the prosecution to submit certain documents. The documents include various judgements from the Supreme Court and High Courts, along with written submissions.

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first published:August 18, 2021, 11:12 IST
last updated:August 18, 2021, 13:32 IST
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