Pushkar death: HC moved against Tharoor 15 mths later

One-liner: The Delhi police moved the Delhi HC on Thursday against the discharge of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death, more than 15 months after a city court let him off, and sought condonation of delay in filing the revision petition. 

Tharoor's response sought: The HC sought Tharoor's response to the plea by the Delhi police and listed the matter for hearing on Feb 7, 2023.

Discharged of all offences: The Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram was discharged of all offences like cruelty and abetment to suicide in Aug 2021, more than seven years after his businesswoman wife Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel in the national capital.

Found dead in hotel: Pushkar was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel on the night of Jan 17, 2014. The couple had been staying in the hotel as Tharoor's official bungalow was being renovated at the time. 

Protracted delay: After Tharoor's counsel referred to the protracted delay, Justice D K Sharma issued a notice to the Congress leader and sought his reply to the police's application for condonation of delay.

  • The HC also asked the counsel for the police to supply a copy of its petition to Tharoor's lawyer

Revision petition: The police, through additional standing counsel Rupali Bandhopadhya, filed the revision petition for setting aside the trial court's 2021 order and for direction to frame charges against Tharoor under IPC sections.

Plea not served: Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa and lawyer Gaurav Gupta, representing Tharoor, claimed the plea was not served to him and was deliberately sent to the wrong email id.

Never arrested: Though charged under IPC provisions related to cruelty and abetment to suicide, Tharoor was never arrested.

No evidence: The Congress leader's counsel maintained there was no evidence against him in the case and that the post-mortem and other medical reports established it was neither a case of suicide nor homicide.

Source: PTI