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Charge sheet preposterous, says Shashi Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday termed the Delhi Police charge sheet accusing him of abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar "preposterous" and said he intends to contest it "vigorously"

 New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday termed the Delhi Police charge sheet accusing him of abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar “preposterous” and said he intends to contest it “vigorously”.

 

“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,” he tweeted.

“It does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police. On Oct 17, the Law Officer made a statement in the Delhi High Court that they have not found anything against anyone & now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide. unbelievable!” Tharoor added.

The Delhi Police on Monday filed its charge sheet in the death case of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of former Union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. In its charge sheet, the Delhi Police has accused Tharoor under section 306 (abetment to suicide) and section 498 A (cruelty in a marriage). The charge sheet runs into almost 3000 pages.

Tharoor is the only person who has been named as an accused in the case. The police in its charge sheet, which runs into around 3,000 pages, has also alleged that Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty.

In January 2014, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in suite no 345 of Hotel Leela Palace in New Delhi. While police then suspected that she might have committed suicide, the possibility of medicine overdose was also not ruled out since Pushkar was undergoing medical treatment at the time of her death.

Last month, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) told the Supreme Court that a draft final report had been prepared after conducting “thorough professional and scientific investigations” in the case relating to the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.

The apex court had ordered a SIT probe following a petition by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy alleging that the Delhi Police was not conducting a proper investigation in the case and the FIR was filed almost one year after the incident.

 

 

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