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HC sends notice to MP Shashi Tharoor in Sunanda Pushkar suspicious death case

Shashi Tharoor: The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on the appeal of the Delhi Police against the decision of the Patiala House Court. Delhi Police had appealed to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the High Court after getting a clean chit from the trial court in the suspicious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. The Delhi High Court will now hear the matter on February 7.

Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor, objected to the delay of ’15 months’ in filing the review petition, as the trial court’s order was passed in August 2021. He was also not given a copy of the petition.

Debate on ‘media trial’

Pahwa also presented various orders passed by the Sessions Judge as well as other trial court judges, which stated that the documents of the case should not be shared with anyone other than the parties. “The case files should not be given to anyone other than the parties involved in the case,” Pahwa said. At this point the High Court questioned, “But how can this be done, these are public documents?”

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Sunanda Pushkar died on 17 January 2014

Let me tell you, Pushkar was found dead on January 17, 2014 in a suite of a luxury hotel in Delhi. The Delhi Police had initially registered an FIR on January 1, 2015, against unknown persons on the charge of murder. Later, Tharoor was booked under IPC section 498A.

On August 31, 2019, the Delhi Police asked a Delhi court to try Tharoor for abetment to suicide or “alternatively” frame murder charges against him. Subsequently, in August 2021, a trial court acquitted Tharoor of the charges of abetting his wife’s suicide. The trial court had said that there was no evidence against the MP. After the verdict, Tharoor told the court that it was “seven and a half years of severe torture”.

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