After four years of ‘investigations,’ it is learnt that the Delhi Police is going to charge Congress MP Shashi Tharoor under a non-bailable charge under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 306 for abetment to suicide and other charges for trying to erase the evidence.
IPC 306 envisages up to 10 years of imprisonment.
The death of Sunanda Tharoor which had rocked India, happened in the Hotel Leela Palace in New Delhi on January 17, 2014. At that time, her husband Tharoor was the Minister of State in Education in UPA-2 Government and was in a tussle with his wife over an alleged affair with a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
Within two days of the spat with his wife over Twitter, Sunanda was found dead, and after a year in January 2015, the Delhi Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) for murder. From the very first week, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) wrote several reports reiterating that Sunanda’s death was unnatural and was due to poison. However, investigation had floundered.
A few hours before her death, Sunanda had declared in Twitter that she will expose Shashi Tharoor for his dirty dealings in the IPL rackets. Even after AIIMS confirmation, the Delhi Police have taken four years to file a charge sheet.
Last year senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and his legal associate Advocate Ishkaran Bhandari filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court. Justice G S Sistani, who heard the initial four hearings came down heavily on Delhi Police and asked them to finish the probe in eight weeks. The Judge also said that next hearing he would look into the IPL related angle in the case and the ED probe details. But surprisingly in the next hearing, the case was shifted to Justice Muralidhar, who on the very first day, without hearing the petitioners, dismissed the case with scathing remarks on the petitioners. Muralidhar’s judgment was considered as a surprise in legal circles and many doubts were aired on the way the petition was dismissed.
Swamy had then filed an appeal in the Supreme Court and Justice Arun Mishra’s Bench directed Delhi Police to file the status report and the case got rejuvenated.
It is learnt that Delhi Police will soon file a charge sheet in Patiala House Court.
[With input from Times Now, OpIndia and Pgrurs]