Sunanda chargesheet based on medico-legal, forensic evidence


The Delhi Police has accused former union minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar under section 336, abetment to suicide, and section 498 A, cruelty in a marriage.

The Delhi police charged Tharoor with "abetment of suicide" and subjecting his wife Sunanda Pushkar to cruelty under the Penal Code.

Mr Tharoor is the only person who has been arrayed as an accused in the case. Their sometimes turbulent relationship was in part played out online before she was found dead in a hotel suite on January 17, 2014. The Delhi Police filed a case under IPC section 302 (suicide) against unidentified persons.

The initial autopsy report said Ms. Tharoor died of poisoning. The police have mentioned Sunanda's husband, Sashi Tharoor's name in the chargesheet.

They appeared to have reconciled before Ms Pushkar's death, issuing a statement saying that all was well between them. The FBI report, however, said it had failed to measure the amount of alprazolam in Sunanda's body because of the poor way the viscera samples had been preserved by the Hyderabad lab.

Two days before her death, a series of intimate messages, supposedly sent by the Pakistani journalist Mehar Tarar to Tharoor, were posted on Tharoor's Twitter account.

A pressnote quoting CPI district secretary G.R. Anil said Mr. Tharoor's effort to sabotage the case against him with the help of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had drawn a blank.

Police, however, maintained the charges against Tharoor were finalised on the basis of "medico-legal and forensic evidence", the newspaper said.

Later, Swamy moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order, but the apex court asked the BJP leader to satisfy the court on the question of maintainability of his plea.

Swamy also told the court that there were constant attempts to block the investigations and an FIR was registered after nearly a year and nothing had happened since.