Thiruvananthapuram Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor has been named an accused in the chargesheet filed by the Delhi police in the Sunanda Pushkar death case, according to reports. Sunanda was Shashi Tharoorâ€™s wife, and on January 17, 2014, she was found dead in a room at a luxury hotel in Delhi.
According to reports, the chargesheet is filed under sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498A (cruelty by husband or relative.)
Reacting to the news, Shashi Tharoor called the chargesheet 'preposterous' and said he will contest it.
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.)â€” 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!â€” Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018
On January 17, 2014, Sunanda was found dead in her hotel room under suspicious circumstances â€“ a day after she had a public spat on Twitter with a Pakistani journalist.
In July last year, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy filed a PIL seeking a time-bound court-monitored probe in the case. Swamy said that "very influential people are involved in the case, leading to attempts to protect them, and the matter has faced a lot of unnecessary delay already."
Swamy also told the court that there were constant attempts to block the investigations and an FIR was registered after almost a year and nothing had happened since. Even after years, the Delhi Police had not arrested anyone and no custodial interrogation took place, Swamy had said, adding that the post-mortem examination report confirmed Sunandaâ€™s death was "unnatural" and "due to poison."
On the basis of this PIL, in August, the Delhi High Court had questioned the city police over the delay in probing the death. A division bench of Justice GS Sistani and Justice Chander Shekhar expressed concern that though the Delhi Police had collected evidence in February 2015, the court was yet to get the final result of the electronic evidence seized, including that of the close friends of Tharoor and Pushkar.
"We are also concerned as to who the real culprit is," said the bench.
With IANS inputs.