Sunanda Pushkar death: Delhi court adjourns case to March 7th, Shashi Tharoor present for hearing

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court had earlier transferred the case to the Sessions Court.

A Delhi session court hearing the Sunanda Pushkar death case, which allegedly involves her husband and Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor, adjourned the case to March 7th.

Shashi Tharoor, who has been accused of abetting her suicide, was present in the court.

As per reports, special judge Arun Bharadwaj deferred the matter. Shashi Tharoor also reportedly moved an application to travel to Bahrain and Qatar on which the court has asked Delhi police to submit their reply by tomorrow.

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Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances, in a suite of a luxury hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.

The Delhi Police had filed its charge sheet on May 14, 2018, running into around 3000 pages, in the death case of Sunanda Pushkar. In its charge sheet, the Delhi Police has accused Tharoor under section 306 (abetment to suicide) and section 498 A (cruelty in a marriage). The Charge sheet was reportedly filed before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh.

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court had earlier transferred the case to the Sessions Court.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal sent the case to Additional Sessions Judge Arun Bhardwaj since the offence under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code was triable by sessions judge and the case will be heard on the fast track.

Tharoor had moved the court seeking anticipatory bail which was granted by the court on July 5 last year. He was also summoned by the Patiala House Court on later on July 7.

The court had directed the Delhi Police to hand over various documents filed along with the charge sheet, including statements of witnesses, to Tharoor on a plea moved by him.

As per the court orders, the Delhi Police had in September handed over copies of all the evidence, including electronic and documentary proof, to Tharoor. The documents included statements of various witnesses recorded in the case.

As the trial began today, the police asked the court for a time span of 10 days to argue on charges against Shashi Tharoor. While Tharoor’s lawyer, Vikas Pahwa said that they have filed revision petition for non-compliance of evidence under section 207 of the CrPC (supply the accused of a copy of police report and other documents) as the documents provided by the prosecution to them have some discrepancies.

However, soon after the court resumed hearing at 2 pm, the case was adjourned to March 7th.


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