Sunanda Pushkar’s death: Shashi Tharoor calls abetment to suicide charge ‘unbelievable’, Delhi Police say it’s based on evidence

Highlights

  • Shashi Tharoor has called the allegation ‘preposterous’
  • Delhi Police maintain the charge is based on ‘medico-legal and forensic evidence’
File photo of Sunanda Pushkar and Shashi Tharoor
File photo of Sunanda Pushkar and Shashi Tharoor
 
NEW DELHI: Responding to the chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police in which he has been accused of abetting the suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday called the charge “preposterous” and said he intended to “contest it vigorously”, even as the police, maintained the chargesheet was finalised on the basis of “medico-legal and forensic evidence.”

“I have taken note of the filing of this preposterous charge sheet & intend to contest it vigorously. No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part,” Tharoor tweeted. He also questioned the methods and motives of the Delhi Police.

“If this is conclusion arrived at after 4+ yrs of investigation, it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police. On Oct 17, the Law Officer made a statement in the Delhi High Court that they have not found anything against anyone & now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide. Unbelievable! the Congress leader commented.

The police in its chargesheet, which runs into around 3,000 pages and has been filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh, also alleged that Tharoor subjected his wife to cruelty.

“On the basis of medico-legal and forensic evidence analysed during investigation as well as opinion of psychological autopsy experts, the charge sheet was filed. The matter is sub judice,” a Delhi Police spokesperson stated.

Psychological autopsy is a reconstructive mental state evaluation to understand an individual’s mental state at and around the time of death for the purpose of identifying the cause of death.
The couple married on August 22, 2010. Pushkar was found dead in the suite of a luxury south Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014. The suite was sealed that night itself for investigation. An FIR was registered by Delhi Police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).

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