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Sunanda Pushkar Death: Shashi Tharoor Says Charges are Product of Malicious, Vindictive Campaign

In a statement on Twitter, Tharoor said he had “fully” cooperated with the investigating team from the very start and continued to maintain that due legal process must be followed.

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Updated:June 5, 2018, 6:13 PM IST
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Sunanda Pushkar Death: Shashi Tharoor Says Charges are Product of Malicious, Vindictive Campaign
File photo of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor (R) and his late wife Sunanda Pushkar (L).
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New Delhi: Reacting to the summons issued to him by a Delhi court on Tuesday in the case related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor termed the charges against him “preposterous” and “baseless”.

In a statement on Twitter, Tharoor said he had “fully” cooperated with the investigating team from the very start and continued to maintain that due legal process must be followed.

Calling the charges “the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign” against him, the Congress leader said he maintained his “steadfast conviction” that “ultimately the truth will prevail”.

He also requested the media to respect his privacy, adding that he would refrain from commenting on the sub-judice issue.

Pushkar was found dead in a luxury 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.

On Tuesday, four years after Pushkar’s death, a Delhi court took cognisance of the chargesheet filed by Delhi Police and summoned Tharoor on July 7.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal, while reading out the order, said “there existed sufficient ground to proceed against Tharoor” on charges of

“abetment to suicide" and “cruelty” towards his deceased wife.

On May 28, urging the court to take cognisance of the chargesheet, the Delhi Police cited a poem written by the deceased.

In its chargesheet that runs into around 3,000 pages, the Delhi Police had alleged that Tharoor subjected his wife to cruelty. It mentioned marital discord as the cause of suicide and said 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 chargesheet said.

Responding to the chargesheet in two tweets then, the Congress leader had called it preposterous and said he would contest it vigorously.

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| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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