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Court acquits Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case

By PTI

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday acquitted senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in connection with the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar at a luxury hotel here. Special Judge Geetanjali Goel pronounced this order in a virtual hearing.

Awaiting detailed order. After the order was pronounced, Tharoor, who attended the proceedings, thanked the judge and said that “it was a complete torture for the last seven-and-a-half years” and the order was “a great relief”.

He later issued a statement saying that justice has been done, so that everyone in the family will mourn Sunanda in peace. “In our justice system, procedure is often punishment. Yet, the fact that justice has been done will, ultimately, allow all of us in the family to mourn Sunanda in peace,” Tharoor said in a statement released. Twitter.

He said Wednesday’s order brings an important conclusion to the “long nightmare that surrounded me after the tragic demise of my late wife Sunanda”. “I have patiently endured dozens of baseless allegations and media slander because of my faith in the Indian judiciary, which has been proved right today,” the former Union minister said.

During the arguments, while the police had sought framing of various charges, including Section 306 (abetment to suicide), senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor, had told the court that the investigation conducted by the SIT had completely exposed the politician. has been acquitted. leveled charges against him.

Pahwa had sought the discharge of Tharoor in the case, saying there was no evidence against him to prove the crime. She had earlier told the court that Pushkar’s family and friends have said that she could not have died by suicide, and cannot be charged with abetment on that ground.

The maximum punishment for this offense is 10 years imprisonment. Pahwa had earlier claimed that the postmortem and other medical reports proved that it was neither a suicide nor a murder. After pronouncing the order, Pahwa said that the allegations of abetment to suicide and cruelty by the police are baseless and baseless.

He said that even the most essential elements of crimes were not present in this case.

All the reports of various medical boards, including the psychological autopsy report, acquitted Tharoor of the charges of murder or suicide, he said, adding that the charge sheet was filed without any grounds.

Advocate Gaurav Gupta, representing Tharoor, also submitted that there is no complaint of harassment or abetment to suicide by any family member or friend of Sunanda Pushkar. “I am glad that justice has finally prevailed after seven years and he has been honorably acquitted of all charges leveled against him by the Delhi Police,” Pahwa said.

Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in the city on the night of January 17, 2014. The couple was staying at the hotel as Tharoor’s official bungalow was being renovated at that time. Tharoor was charged by the Delhi Police under section 498A (husband of a woman or relative of her husband) as well as section 306 of the Indian Penal Code, but was not arrested in the case.

Tharoor was granted anticipatory bail in the case by the sessions court on July 5, 2018.

Following that order, a magistrate’s court converted the anticipatory bail to regular bail after he appeared before him on 7 July pursuant to a summons issued by the Metropolitan Magistrate in the case.

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