Delhi Police moves HC challenging Tharoor's discharge in wife's death case

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on December 1 moved the High Court against the discharge of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor by a trial court in his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death case.

The Delhi Police had registed a charge sheet against Tharoor for offences under IPC sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide). The Patiala House Court on August 18, 2021, had discharged Tharoor.

Justice Dinesh Kumar Sharma issued a notice on Delhi Police's application seeking "condonation of delay" in approaching the court.

Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa, speaking for Tharoor,  objected that even though the trial court's order was passed in August 2021, there is a 15-month delay in filing the review petition. He said that a copy of the plea had also not been served to his client.

As Pahwa submitted various orders passed by the session judge and other trial court judges during the course of the trial, he said that no documents of the case should be shared with anyone else other than the parties.

The High Court questioned, "But how can this be done? these are public documents. The court listed the matter for February 7, 2023.

Pushkar was found dead on January 17, 2014, in a suite at a five-star hotel in Delhi. The Delhi Police initially filed an FIR against unidentified individuals on charges of murder a year later. On August 31, 2019, the Police requested that Tharoor be charged with aiding suicide or, "alternatively," with murder. 

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