Tharoor seeks protection from arrest in Sunanda case

RSTV Bureau
FILE PHOTO: File photo dated August 08, 2010 shows Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with Sunanda Pushkar posing for a photograph. PTI

FILE PHOTO: File photo dated August 08, 2010 shows Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with Sunanda Pushkar posing for a photograph.
PTI

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor moved a Delhi court seeking anticipatory bail in the case related to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, where he is already been summoned as an accused. The court has now sought Delhi Police’s response on his plea and posted the matter for hearing on Wednesday.

Tharoor was earlier summoned as an accused by a magisterial court for the alleged offences of abetment of suicide and committing cruelty towards Pushkar.

In his plea filed through advocate Vikas Pahwa, Tharoor said the charge sheet has been filed without arrest and the SIT (special investigation team) has categorically stated that investigation has been concluded and no custodial interrogation is required.

“The law is very clear that if the charge sheet is filed without arrest the bail is inevitable. We have only requested for protection so that we appear in the court on July 7,” Pahwa said.

On June 5, a court had summoned Tharoor as accused, asking him to appear before it on July 7 and saying there were sufficient grounds to proceed against him.

Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room on the night of January 17, 2014. Tharoor has been charged under Sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

(With input from PTI)