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Tharoor ignored Sunanda Pushkar as she slipped into depression, Delhi court told


A court in Delhi was told by the prosecution that Sunanda Pushkar was ignored by her husband, Shashi Tharoor while she slipped into depression. The case is being heard by the Delhi's Patiala House court.

File Photo of Sunanda Pushkar

The prosecution has accused Tharoor, a Congress MP of abating his wife's suicide. The court after hearing submissions in brief today posted the matter for June 5.

The court would have to take cognisance of the chargesheet filed against Tharoor. The prosecution said that there is enough evidence against Tharoor and he should be summoned as an accused. The prosecution said that while Sunanda was slipping into depression, Tharoor did nothing or ignored it.

The Congress leader is the only person to be arrayed as an accused in the case in which the police have concluded that it was a case of suicide and not murder. An FIR was registered by Delhi Police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder). The police has also alleged that Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty.

The Congress leader 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 section 498 A entails maximum punishment of 3 years in prison, the section 306 attracts a maximum jail term of 10 years.

Pushkar's death had created a sensation as it came shortly after a bitter spat between the couple over the twitter, over his alleged affair with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. Pushkar, 51,was found dead in a suite in Hotel Leela, a luxury hotel in Chanakyapuri, on the night of January 17, 2014.

The charge sheet in the mysterious death of Pushkar was filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh, who will consider it on May 24. The agency while asking the court to take cognisance of the charge sheet said there was enough evidence to proceed against Tharoor. It urged the court to summon Tharoor as an accused.

The couple's domestic servant Narayan Singh is one of the key witnesses in the case. The charge sheet that includes several annexures noted that Pushkar died within four years of her marriage. The couple had entered into wedlock on August 22, 2010. It was the third marriage for both Tharoor and Pushkar.

According to prosecution sources, the charge sheet has mentioned that Pushkar was allegedly subjected to mental as well as physical cruelty.

Tharoor has not been arrested in the case as he had joined the investigation when required. The Delhi Police said the charge sheet was finalised on the basis of "medico-legal and forensic evidence."

"On the basis of medico-legal and forensic evidence analysed during investigation as well as opinion of psychological autopsy experts, the charge sheet was filed. The matter is sub judice," said a Delhi Police spokesperson.

Psychological autopsy is a reconstructive mental state evaluation to understand an individual's mental state at and around the time of death for the purpose of identifying the cause of death.

Earlier in May, Tharoor was charged with abetment to suicide in connection with the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. The police had filed a 3000-page charge sheet before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

On January 17, 2014, at about 9 pm police came to know that Sunanda Pushkar had died in room number 345, which is a suite, at Hotel Leela Palace. Preliminary enquiries stated that she had checked in to the hotel on January 15, 2014, at 5:46 pm. She was initially allotted room number 307, and later moved to room number 345 in the afternoon on January 16, 1 2014.

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