Sunanda Pushkar death case: Email,  help’s statement part of evidence against Shashi Tharoor
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Sunanda Pushkar death case: Email, help’s statement part of evidence against Shashi Tharoor

Sunanda Pushkar death case: The Delhi Police based their charge of abetment to suicide on an email Pushkar sent her husband, Shashi Tharoor, in which she expressed “no desire to live”.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2018 10:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Shashi Tharoor with his late wife Sunanda Pushkar at a wedding reception in February 2010 in New Delhi. Pushkar was found dead at a seven-star hotel where the couple had checked in together a day earlier.(HT File Photo)

Evidence cited by the police, including the statement of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help, bruises on his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s body and an email sent by Pushkar to her husband expressing “no desire to live” led a city court on Tuesday to summon Tharoor on July 7 to face trial on the charge of abetment to suicide.

Pushkar was found dead in the Leela Hotel on January 17, 2014.

In a statement on Tuesday, Tharoor said, “I would like to point out that, from the very start, I have fully cooperated with the investigating team and will continue to maintain that due legal process must be followed in all aspects related to this case.”

“I would like to reiterate my position that I find the charges preposterous and baseless, the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign against myself. I will continue to vigorously contest these charges and maintain my steadfast conviction that ultimately the truth will prevail through the judicial system that we are privileged to have in our country,” the statement read.

Earlier, the Delhi Police had told the court that Pushkar (51) died because of poisoning and that 27 Alprax anti-depressant tablets were found in her suite but it was not clear how many pills she had consumed prior to her death. The court had then reserved its order for June 5, on whether to summon Tharoor as an accused in the case.

  • Pushkar was found dead on January 17, 2014
  • Initially, an FIR was filed under IPC Section 302 (murder)
  • In May 2018, Tharoor was charged under IPC Sections 306 (abetment) and 498A (cruelty by husband)
  • Statement from Shashi Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh "established" the couple fought frequently
  • Medical reports said bruises on Pushkar’s face and wrist
  • An alleged e-mail sent by Pushkar to her husband saying she had "no desire to live" and all she prayed for is "death"
  • Reports stating that Pushkar died of poisoning and that 27 Alprax tablets were found in her hotel suite
  • Reports of psychological analysis tests on five people, including Tharoor and his domestic help, which "established" the couple’s strained relationship
  • Statements from the Congress MP’s domestic staff and employees of the Leela hotel

In a 3,000 page charge sheet, filed by the Delhi Police on May 14, Tharoor was charged with cruelty and abetment to suicide under Indian Penal Code sections 498A and 306. The police also attached a statement of Tharoor’s help Narayan Singh, as “evidence” of cruelty. He had allegedly claimed that he had witnessed the couple fighting.

The charge sheet also had statements from Tharoor’s domestic staff and hotel employees. When the Delhi Police submitted the charge sheet, Tharoor had tweeted that it was “preposterous”.

“No one who knew Sunanda believes she would have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part,” he had said.

He added, “It does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police. In Oct 17, the Law Officer made a statement in the HC that they have not found anything against anyone & now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide.”

First Published: Jun 06, 2018 08:59 IST