An email that Sunanda Pushkar wrote to her husband Shashi Tharoor nine days before she was found dead, has become the focal point of the Sunanda Pushkar case mystery.
In that mail she had written: “I have no desire to live…all I pray for is death.”
She was found dead in a luxury hotel room in Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014.
These claims were made by the Delhi police in court on Monday during the hearing of the Sunanda Pushkar case.
Delhi Police told the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Samar Vishal, that Sunanda Pushkar’s email and the messages that she had written on social media have been taken to be her “dying declaration”. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate reserved its order for June 5 when it will decide whether to summon Tharoor as an accused in the case.
In the court, Delhi police said that Sunanda’s death was due to poisoning and they had found 27 tablets of Alprax in her room. How many pills she had consumed is not very clear yet, said the police.
On May 14, police claimed that there was sufficient evidence against Lok Sabha MP of Thiruvananthapuram, Sashi Tharoor to be considered to be an accused in the case. The police said that Tharoor had abetted Pushkar’s suicide and urged the court that he should be summoned as an accused in the four-and-half year-old case.
Police has already filed a charge sheet in the case. In the 3000-page charge sheet, the police named Tharoor as the only accused and the police has further alleged that he had subjected his wife to brutality.
In this high-profile case, there is only one key witnesses in the form of Narayan Singh, who helped this couple in their domestic work.
Section 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code have been slapped against the Congress leader Sashi Tharoor in the charge sheet.
According to sources quoted in a section of the media, allegations that mental as well as physical cruelty was meted out to Pushkar have bene mentioned in the charge sheet. Tharoor has not been arrested in the case.
According to section 498A, the maximum punishment is up to three years of imprisonment, while jail term up to 10 years is prescribed under section 306.
The suit where Pushkar found dead had been sealed by the police on the day she was found dead for further investigation. Delhi Police filed a FIR on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).
The special investigation team (SIT) on April 20 had told the apex court that a draft final report has been prepared after conducting “thorough professional and scientific investigations” in the case relating to the death of Congress MP’s wife.
(Adapted from TheHindustanTimes.com)