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Sunanda death: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor granted regular bail

Tharoor had moved the court for anticipatory bail apprehending arrest

New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was on Saturday granted regular bail by a Delhi court in a case relating to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death almost four years ago in a luxury hotel here.

The Thiruvananthapuram MP, who was summoned as an accused in the case, appeared before the court and informed it that he had already been granted anticipatory bail by a sessions court on 5 July.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal then directed him to furnish a bail bond of Rs one lakh and one surety of like amount as directed by the sessions court and converted the interim relief to regular bail.

Tharoor had moved the court for anticipatory bail apprehending arrest.

Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in the city on the night of 17 January 2014. The couple was staying in the hotel, as the official bungalow of Shashi Tharoor was being renovated at that time.

The court today handed over a copy of the charge sheet and the documents filed along with it to Tharoor and posted the matter for scrutiny on 26 July.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police and the counsel appearing for Tharoor also opposed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking the court’s nod to assist it in the case.

While Tharoor said Swamy had no locus and he was a stranger to the case, the Delhi Police said the application was not maintainable.

The court, thereafter, asked the BJP leader to hand over a copy of his application to Tharoor.

The sessions court had observed that the prosecution’s apprehensions that Tharoor may flee offshore or influence witnesses were “without any basis”.

Tharoor has been charged under sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), but has not been arrested in the case.

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