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Shashi Tharoor acquitted in Sunanda Pushkar case

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Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor has been acquitted of all charges by a Delhi court in connection with the death of wife Sunanda Pushkar. Pushkar died in 2014. On Wednesday, the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi acquitted Tharoor of all charges related to Pushkar’s death. The body of 51-year-old Pushkar was found in a Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014. The Delhi Police had registered a case against Tharoor under IPC sections 306 (abetment to suicide) and 498A (torture by husband or his relative). Advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor, submitted that the investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Team did not find evidence on the allegations leveled against him and he has been acquitted of all charges.

Special judge Geetanjali Goel said “the accused has been acquitted”. The order was pronounced in the presence of Tharoor, advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor and public prosecutor Atul Srivastava. During the hearing in the court, Pahwa had also argued that the police could not ascertain the cause of Sunanda Pushkar’s death even after spending years on the investigation. Tharoor, who participated in the virtual court proceedings, thanked the court for acquitting it of all offences. He said, “It had been seven and a half years and it was a torture. I am very grateful” had gone. The announcement of the order was again postponed to July 2 after the court received an application from the prosecution to give one week’s time to file written arguments.

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Initially, the Delhi Police investigated Pushkar’s death as a murder. Public prosecutor Srivastava had argued that before his death, Pushkar had suffered injuries on his body and was visible in the postmortem report. Tharoor’s reaction The police had made Tharoor the main accused in the Pushkar death case and he was still out on bail. After the court’s decision, Tharoor has said that justice has been done to him, although he has to face baseless allegations. Tharoor said in his statement, “This brings an important conclusion to the long nightmare that surrounded me after the tragic demise of my wife Sunanda. I have patiently endured dozens of baseless allegations and defamation from the media.”

I have kept my faith in the judiciary, which has been proved right today,” Tharoor said in the statement, adding, “Procedure often becomes punishment in our judicial system. The fact is that justice has been done and our entire family will pray for Sunanda’s soul to rest in peace.” Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar were married in 2010. Pushkar’s death four years later sparked speculation in political circles, especially When some of his last tweets indicated a rift between the two, Tharoor was accused by Pushkar of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist..

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