A Delhi court has summoned Congress leader Shashi Tharoor as an accused in the case related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death. Asking the former minister to appear before court on July 7, the court said there were sufficient grounds to proceed against him.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal took cognisance of the allegations made out in the charge sheet filed by Delhi Police.
“I have heard the prosecutor. I have gone through and perused the charge sheet and the documents filed along with it. On the basis of police report (charge sheet), I take cognisance of offence of abetment of suicide of late Sunanda Pushkar and committing cruelty upon her by Dr Shashi Tharoor,” the judge said.
“There exists sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor for commission of offences of Section 306 and 498 A of IPC. Issue summons to him for appearance for July 7,” the court added.
On May 28, the court had reserved its order on whether to summon Tharoor as an accused in the case.
The Delhi Police had on May 14 accused Tharoor of abetting Pushkar’s suicide and told a city court that he should be summoned as an accused in the four-and-half year-old case, claiming there was sufficient evidence against him.
In a nearly 3,000-page charge sheet, the police has named Tharoor as the only accused while also alleging that he had subjected his wife to cruelty. It had also urged the court to summon Tharoor as an accused. The couple’s domestic servant, Narayan Singh, has been named one of the key witnesses in the case.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room on the night of January 17, 2014. An FIR was registered by Delhi Police against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).
Later, the police charged Tharoor under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
Under section 498A, the maximum punishment is up to three years of imprisonment, while jail term up to 10 years is prescribed under section 306.
According to prosecution sources, the charge sheet mentions that Pushkar was allegedly subjected to mental as well as physical cruelty. Tharoor has not been arrested in the case.
(With inputs from PTI)