New Delhi: The Delhi Police Monday filed its chargesheet in the death case of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. In its chargesheet, the Delhi Police has accused Tharoor under section 306 (abetment to suicide) and section 498 A (cruelty in a marriage). More details are awaited.The chargesheet concluded that Pushkar killed herself and hence no one has been charged with murder. The chargesheet was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. Tharoor is mentioned in the second column as a suspect.
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.)— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018
Section 306, relating to abetment to suicide, carries a maximum term of 10 years, while 498A carries a maximum term of three years. BJP politician Subramanian Swamy is among several people who have been accusing the government of trying to orchestrate a cover up.
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!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018
Commenting on today’s development, Swamy said evidence in the case were destroyed. “The trial is where the final charges will be decided,” he said, adding that the court can institute new charges if they feel the requirement. “That is what I will be insisting on,” he said, adding that he continues to believe that it was a murder and not a suicide. “I will not let the trial go this way or that way,” he added.
Under Section 301 CrPC and also via JK International judgment of SC I am entitled to assist the Prosecutor in the Sunanda unnatural death case. So I will appear on May 24 th— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 14, 2018
Twitterati was quick to react to the news as well.
All witnesses & documents were destroyed by UPA govt & corrupt police. On basis of current evidence this is what could be done. More info will come during trial. There are allegations on Shashi Tharoor that he forced his wife to commit suicide: S Swamy on #SunandaPushkar case pic.twitter.com/hR4rjKQKsl— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2018
Abetment to suicide is crime.— amey tirodkar (@ameytirodkar) May 14, 2018
You need proof or allegation for that.
Shashi Tharoor is neither accused by Sunanda or her family.
But what about those who are named in his suicide note by Mr Naik in Raigad?
Law must be equal for all !!
Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a five-star hotel in south Delhi on January 17, 2014, days after she publicly accused her husband of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. The former union minister was questioned by the police on the circumstances in which Ms Pushkar left him at the Delhi airport and checked into the hotel two days before her death. The couple had allegedly had a disagreement on a flight from Kerala to Delhi. Police first claimed Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was poisoned, and registered a murder case in January 2015, without naming any suspect.
Also.... how is Arnab, the biggest Shashi Tharoor attacker going to debate this .. erm, because you know .... ????— Gargi Rawat (@GargiRawat) May 14, 2018