Sunanda Pushkar suicide: Shashi Tharoor summoned as accused


New Delhi: A trial court in Delhi on Tuesday summoned Congress leader Shashi Tharoor as an accused in the suicide case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar and asked him to appear before it on July 7.

Taking note of a charge-sheet filed against Tharoor by police, the court said there were sufficient grounds to proceed against him for allegedly committing cruelty and abetting suicide of his wife.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal took cognizance of the offences of alleged abetment of suicide and committing cruelty by Tharoor towards his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Meanwhile, Tharoor issued a statement and called the allegations “preposterous and baseless.”I would like to reiterate my position that I find the charges preposterous and baseless, the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign against myself,” he said.

Notably, Sunanda, 51, was found dead in her suite at a five-star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Last month, the Delhi Police filed a charge-sheet and named her husband as an accused in the case.

According to the charge-sheet, Pushkar committed suicide by consuming an overdose of antidepressant pills, alprazolam (Alprax), and was driven to taking the extreme step by her husband.

Though it was a murder probe with the FIR registered under IPC Section 302 (murder), police have charged Tharoor under Sections 306 (abetment) and 498A (cruelty by husband) of the Indian Penal Code.

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