NEW DELHI: Delhi Police charged Congress leader Shashi Tharoor with abetting the suicide of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar, drawing a sharp response from the politician who termed the move “unbelievable” on Monday.
Police also told a court in Delhi that Thaoor’s custodial interrogation was necessary since investigations had not yet concluded. Pushkar was found dead in a south Delhi luxury hotel room four years ago.
In a 3000-page chargesheet filed before metropolitan magistrate Dharmendra Singh, police alleged that Tharoor, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram, subjected his wife to cruelty.
Tharoor, the only person named as an accused in the case, was charged under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
On Twitter, Tharoor called the chargesheet, which the court will consider on May 24, “preposterous”, stressing that he will contest it “vigorously”.
A Delhi Police spokesperson said: “On the basis of medico-legal and forensic evidence analysed during investigation as well as opinion of psychological autopsy experts, the chargesheet was filed. The matter is sub-judice.”
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, according to news agency PTI.
Pushkar was found dead in the suite of a south Delhi hotel on January 17, 2014. The suite was sealed the same night for investigation.
The couple’s domestic servant, Narayan Singh, is one of the key witnesses in the case. The chargesheet, which includes several annexures, said Pushkar died within three years, three months and 15 days of her marriage with Tharoor. The couple tied the knot on August 22, 2010.
An FIR was registered by Delhi Police on January 1, 2015, against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).