In a big relief to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, a Delhi court granted him anticipatory bail in the case related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death. Tharoor, an MP from Thiruvananthapuram, has been summoned to face the legal process after the court took cognisance of police charge sheet.
Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted him relief on personal bond of Rs one lakh while directing him to neither tamper with evidence nor leave the country without the court’s prior permission.
In his plea for anticipatory bail, Tharoor had submitted that the charge sheet in the case was filed and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had categorically stated that the probe was concluded and that his custodial interrogation was not required.
While the Delhi police had objected to his anticipatory bail plea, Tharoor’s lawyers – Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi – contended that Delhi Police’s stand is contrary to their submissions in the charge sheet that the latter had cooperated in the probe.
Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in the city on the night of January 17, 2014.
The court had summoned him as an accused in the case on June 5, asking him to appear before it on July 7 observing that there were sufficient grounds to proceed against him.
The police have charged Tharoor under sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
(With inputs from PTI)