Court to Begin Trial Against Shashi Tharoor in Wife’s Death Case

Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor

A Delhi sessions court will begin hearing from February 21 in the Sunanda Pushkar death case in which her husband and senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is facing charges including abetment to suicide and cruelty.

According to reports, 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 (IPC).

While the Congress MP has not yet been arrested in the case, he was granted a regular bail last year.

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Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel in Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014. It was said that the couple was staying in the hotel as the official residence of Tharoor was being renovated at that time.

A couple of days before her death, on January 15, 2014, some intimate messages were allegedly posted on Tharoor’s Twitter account presumably by a Pakistani woman Mehar Tarar, claiming her love for the Indian politician.

It is mostly seen that politicians in India evade prosecution and imprisonment in cases of crime and corruption with the false pretexts that the complaints against them are politically motivated.

Photo courtesy: Shashi Tharoor / Twitter

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