Court summons Shashi Tharoor

A Delhi court took cognisance of the charges of abetment of suicide and cruelty against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in the case of the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. The court found “sufficient ground” to proceed against the Thiruvananthapuram MP, summoning him on July 7.

On the last date of hearing, additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal had heard additional public prosecutor Atul Srivastava, who sought cognisance of the chargesheet filed under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498A (cruelty) against Tharoor.

On Tuesday, the magistrate held, “I have gone through and perused the chargesheet and documents filed along with it by the special investigation team. On the basis of the police report, I take cognisance of offence of abetment of suicide punishable under Section 306 of IPC of late Ms Sunanda Pushkar, and of committing cruelty upon her punishable under Section 498A of IPC, by Dr Shashi Tharoor. There exist sufficient grounds to proceed against Dr Shashi Tharoor.”

Under Section 498A, the maximum punishment is up to three years’ imprisonment, while a jail term up to 10 years is prescribed under Section 306.

Meanwhile, the court kept pending the application filed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, seeking direction to police to produce the report of a vigilance inquiry conducted in the case. The prosecution has been directed to file a reply by the next date of hearing.

Pushkar was found dead in a hotel room on the evening of January 17, 2014.

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