Sunanda Pushkar death case: Delhi Court adjourns order of framing charges against Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Friday adjourned it’s order on the issue of framing charges in Sunanda Pushkar death case to July 27. Pushkar’s husband Veteran Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, is the main accused in the matter according to the Delhi Police.

Wife of former union minister, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the suite of a luxury hotel in New Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014. At first the reports showed that Pushkar had committed suicide, but later a probe disclosed that the cause of her death was unnatural. The autopsy report showed that at the time of her death, Pushkar was under drug overdose.

Later, her husband Tharoor was charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including abetment to suicide and cruelty.

At the hearing of this case on Friday, public prosecutor stressed that Pushkar had undergone mental cruelty which led to her bad health. It also argued that according to the post mortem report, it was not an accidental death, stressing that her death could have been a result of oral or injected poisoning.

Notably, UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor is currently on bail in the case and was chargesheeted by Delhi Police under Sections 498-A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Meanwhile Tharoor’s Defence counsel and Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa said the prosecution is not able to establish evidence against the leader.

Recently, Special Judge Geetanjali Goyal had kept the order reserved after prosecution and defence counsel concluded their arguments on the issue of framing of charges.

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