Sunanda Pushkar death case; Shashi Tharoor named accused

15 May, 2018, 21:52 | Author: Denise Dawson
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Shashi Tharoor with Sunanda Pushkar pose against a signboard matching her name during their Ajmer visit in 2010.

On 17 January 2014, Sunanda was found dead in room number 345 of the Leela Palace hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, where the couple were putting up. Initially the police suspected suicide. Her marriage to Tharoor was the third one for both of them. However, a few injury marks were also found on her body that made the authorities believe that it may not have been a suicide. Drug overdose was ruled out as the doctors found "nominal traces" of anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam. The initial reports suggested that Pushkar may have taken her own life. Singh will consider the over 3,000-page chargesheet on May 24.

The autopsy report revealed Pushkar died due to a radioactive poison. "The Congress Party stands by Dr Tharoor and denounces this politically motivated charge sheet against him", the party said.

The Delhi Police said the charge sheet was finalised on the basis of "medico-legal and forensic evidence".

Training his guns on Delhi Police, he alleged it was "an instrumentality of this conspiracy" and was used as a puppet. Swamy had filed PILs over the case. Who killed the socialite Sunanda Pushkar.

The special investigation team (SIT) on April 20 had told the SC that a draft final report has been prepared after conducting "thorough professional and scientific investigations" in the case relating to the death of Congress MP's wife.

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Besides being Tharoor's wife, Pushkar was a successful Indian businesswoman.

The Congress said the "abetment of suicide" charge was a new plot as the BJP and a section of the media had failed to get him entangled in the murder charge.

March 2016: Mehr Tarar was called to Delhi for interrogation.

Surjewala said there was no suicide note by the deceased to prove that she was being forced to commit suicide. BJP leaders, notably Subramanian Swamy, have extensively targeted Tharoor over the case. The court dismissed his petition. The report says this was not a case of murder.

According to the Indian publication, the charges were filed before the metropolitan magistrate.


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