Delhi Court discharges Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in Sunanda Pushkar death case

Shashi Tharoor

A Delhi Court on Wednesday discharged Congress MP Dr Shashi Tharoor in Sunanda Pushkar death case. Special Judge Geetanjali Goel pronounced the order in presence of Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa appearing on behalf of Tharoor, Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava and Dr. Tharoor himself. “The accused is discharged,” said the Court while asking them to file a bond under CrPC.

Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court is scheduled to pass an order on the issue of framing of charges in the Sunanda Pushkar death case on Wednesday in which her husband and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is the prime accused, according to the Delhi Police. The prosecution had pressed the charges of abetment to suicide and cruelty under sec. 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code and alternatively for murder under sec. 302. Tharoor, who was also present on virtual conferencing while the order was being pronounced, thanked the Court for discharging him of all offences and said “It had been seven and half years and it was a torture. I’m so grateful.”

Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in the city on the night of January 17, 2014. Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava had stressed that Pushkar underwent mental cruelty which led to her bad health. The Public Prosecutor also argued that it was not an accidental death and relied on the post mortem report which suggested that the cause of death is poisoning which could be oral or injected.