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Years of torture: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor after verdict on wife Sunanda Pushkar's death

Thursday, August 19, 2021 • Tamil Comments

A Delhi court on Wednesday discharged Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in the case related to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Following the long-awaited verdict, Shashi Tharoor said he was grateful and that it has been "seven and a half years of absolute torture."

The Congress MP had been accused of subjecting his late wife Sunanda Pushkar to cruelty and abetting her suicide by the Delhi Police. Tharoor's advocate Vikas Pahwa claimed that the charges of abetment of suicide and cruelty levelled by police against his client were "absurd and preposterous."

The senior counsel reportedly stated, "The chargesheet was without any basis. There was no complaint of harassment or abetment of suicide by any of the family members or friends of late Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor. I am happy that at last after seven years, justice has prevailed and he has been honourably discharged from all the charges made by Delhi Police against him."

Sunanda Pushkar’s body was found in a room of a five-star hotel in the capital on January 17, 2014. An FIR was registered by police a year later, on January 1, 2015 and Shashi Tharoor was booked under IPC Sections 498-A (subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide). The Congress MP has now mentioned in a statement that his family can finally mourn his late wife in peace.

Shashi Tharoor wrote in his statement, "This brings a significant conclusion to the long nightmare which had enveloped me after the tragic passing of my late wife Sunanda. I have weathered dozens of unfounded accusations and media vilification patiently, sustained my faith in the judiciary, which today stands vindicated."

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