The charge sheet on Sunanada Pushkar death case, filed in a local court by the Delhi police on Modnay has claimed the detah to be a suicide. However, the charge sheet also carries the name of her husband and Congress politician Shashi Tharoor as the lone accused who allegedly abated her suicide. This disclosure has drawn a sharp criticism from the Lok Sabha MP.
Sashi Tharoor said that the move was “unbelievable.”
Because the case investigations have not concluded as yet so they need to interrogate Tharoor, the Delhi police told the court.
Tharoor is the only person to be named as an accused in the 3000 page charge sheet. The charge sheet was filed with the metropolitan magistrate Dharmendra Sing’s court. Tharoor has been charged under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
Police alleged that Sashi Tharoor who is the parliamentarian from Thiruvananthapuram constituency, was cruel to his wife.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a south Delhi luxury hotel about 4 year ago.
The court will consider this charge sheet on May 24.
After he came to know that his name was on charge sheet, Sashi Tharoor tweeted that the chargesheet was “preposterous” and he also emphasized that he will fight it “vigorously”.
“On the basis of medico-legal and forensic evidence analysed during investigation as well as opinion of psychological autopsy experts, the chargesheet was filed. The matter is sub-judice”, a spokesperson of Delhi Police said.
Psychological autopsy is a method that is used to ascertain the cause of death of a person by a process of reconstructive mental state evaluation in order to understand the mental condition of the deceased individual at and around the time of death.
On January 14, 2014 Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the luxurious suit 345 of Hotel Leela Palace in Delhi. After the incident police had sealed the room.
In this high-profile case, there is only one key witnessed – Narayan Singh. He was the employee of this couple and he helped them in domestic work.
Tharoor and Pushkar tied their wedding knot on August 22, 2010. Therefore, it was just three years, three months and 15 days of her marriage with Tharoor that Sunanda Pushkar died. Police included these things in several annexures of the charge sheet.
Police filed FIR on January 1, 2015, against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).
Delhi Police, in its affidavit filed in the top court, had said at that time the a draft final report had been sent to the prosecution department of the government of Delhi for “legal scrutiny” and it would be filed in the trial court concerned after being vetted.
After the fining of the charge sheet, the south Indian section of the Congress come out in support of Tharoor. Congress leaders in Kerala said that this was “politically motivated” and was an harassment.
The president of Kerala Pradesh Congress MM Hassan attacked the opposition saying: “It is only the fascists who act in this manner to take on their political rivals”. He also concluded that rival parties did this to ruin the political career of the accused Congress MP who represents Thiruvananthapuram in the Lok Sabha,”
(Adapted from TheHindustanTimes.com)