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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor charged with Sec306 of IPC in Sunanda Pushkar’s death probe


Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has been charged with abetment of suicide in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in 2014.

Mr Tharoor has also been charged with cruelty in his marriage.

Ms Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17, 2014, days after she publicly accused her husband of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.

The former union minister was questioned by the police on the circumstances in which Ms Pushkar left him at the Delhi airport and checked into the hotel two days before her death. The couple had allegedly had a disagreement on a flight from Kerala to Delhi.

Mr Tharoor responded to the charges in two tweets:

1/2 I have taken note of the filing of this preposterous charge sheet &intend to 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 investigation, (contd.)

- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018

2/2) it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police. In oct 17, the Law Officer made a statement in the DelhiHighCourt that they have not found anything against anyone & now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide. unbelievable!

- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018

Police first claimed Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was poisoned, and registered a murder case in January 2015, without naming any suspect.

Source: ANI