Congress leader and lawmaker Shashi Tharoor will appear before Delhi Patiala House Court today in a case relating to his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death almost four years ago in a luxury hotel in New Delhi.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP, who is currently out on bail, was summoned on 5 June to appear before the court today as an accused in the case, observing that there was sufficient ground to proceed against him. He is expected to present his case before the court, sources said.
Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in New Delhi on the night of 17 January, 2014. The couple was staying in the hotel, as the official bungalow of Shashi Tharoor was being renovated at that time.
Tharoor has been charged under sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), but has not been arrested in the case.
In his plea for anticipatory bail on Thursday, Tharoor had submitted that the charge sheet in the case was filed and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had categorically stated that the probe was concluded and that his custodial interrogation was not required.
While hearing the bail on Thursday, the court observed that the prosecution's apprehensions that Tharoor may flee offshore or influence witnesses were "without any basis", Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted relief and asked him to furnish a ...