Shashi Tharoor reacts, says will contest 'vigorously — Sunanda Pushkar chargesheet

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor reacts, says will contest 'vigorously — Sunanda Pushkar chargesheet

On August 22, 2010, Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram and Sunanda Pushkar had entered wedlock.

Pushkar was found dead in the suite of a South Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014. They were having regular fights, which she had confided in other persons too.

But a year later police said new medical reports had led investigators to treat the case as a murder, without naming any suspects. They found injury marks on the body. Drug overdose was ruled out as the doctors found "nominal traces" of anti-anxiety drug Alprazolam.

"Our case is based on the circumstances in which she, Pushkar, took her life". It filed the chargesheet before metropolitan magistrate Dharmendra Singh, who will consider it on May 24. In April 2014 the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad had denied that poisoning was the cause before making a U-turn seven months later after being asked to do a second test.

The same day, the case was transferred to the Delhi Police Crime Branch. Soon after, Delhi Police issued a statement justifying its action.

The police have attached a final report from AIIMS with the chargesheet. "We registered a murder case so that we do not miss out on any thing in our investigation".

February: Viscera samples sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation lab in Washington.

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In two tweets, Tharoor questioned the methods and motivations of the Delhi police who handled the case who have reached the conclusion that it was a "suicide" after four years.

Besides being Tharoor's wife, Pushkar was a successful Indian businesswoman.

Tharoor took to Twitter to challenge the charges framed against him.

March 2016: Mehr Tarar was called to Delhi for interrogation. The report has mentioned Alprax depressant tablets as one of the possible reasons for Pushkar's death. Though some people in the Congress felt that Tharoor was trying to build bridges with the BJP leadership with his book "Why I am a Hindu", his position may be weakened if he gets convicted. The court dismissed his petition.

Swamy had earlier told the court that there has been constant attempt to block the investigation into the death of Pushkar.

He also alleged that a media trial was conducted against Tharoor to defame him as part of the conspiracy, in which Delhi Police was used as an instrument by the BJP and the Modi government.

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