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Sunanda Pushkar death case: Regular bail for INC's Tharoor


New Delhi, A city court on Saturday granted regular bail to Indian National Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the sensational case relating to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar four years ago. Sunanda Pushkar Nath Dass was born on June 27, 1962, in a Kashmiri Pandit family of landlords and army officers.The only daughter of Lt Col Pushkar Nath Dass and Jaya Dass, Sunanda entered wedlock on August 22, 2010, with Shashi Tharoor, Thiruvananthpuram Lok Sabha MP. After graduating from the prestigious Government Women's College in Srinagar, Sunanda had worked as a Sales Director in the Dubai-based TECOM group and became a co-owner of Rendezvous Sports World, a cricket franchise, in Indian Premier League. She was found dead on January 17, 2014, in a five-star south Delhi hotel suite which was sealed that night itself for investigation. Police had registered an FIR on January 1, 2015, against unknown persons under section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code. After investigation, police filed a 3,000-page charge sheet in Patiala House court, New Delhi, and submitted that Tharoor had allegedly abetted the suicide of Sunanda.There was, investigators contended, adequate evidence to proceed against Tharoor. Police charged Tharoor under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. After considering the facts and circumstances, the Special Court summoned Tharoor as an accused in the case earlier this month. The court observed that there were sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor. The former United Nations under secretary-general appeared along with his counsel in the Patiala House Court and filed his surety bond. He further submitted before the court that he would continue to co-operate with the investigating agency. Tharoor said," My conscience is clear and I remain confident that justice will prevail.' Counsel for Tharoor opposed the application moved by Bharatiya Janata Party's Subramanian Swamy for permission to allow him to assist the prosecution in the case. Defence submitted that there was no locus standi of Swamy in the case. Swamy submitted before the court that he wants to ensure that the trial is fair and Delhi Police does not botch up the case. He said, "Today, the Delhi Police and counsel for accused said my position is not maintainable. I argued it under section 302 CrPc, I am entitled. The question of maintainability is irrelevant. I am here to see that trial is fair and Delhi Police does not botch it." Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, after hearing the submissions on behalf of prosecution and defence, told the counsel for Tharoor, 'There is no requirement to file a formal bail. Anticipatory bail had been granted by the Sessions Court.' The ACMM set July 26 for scrutiny of the documents and to consider the application of Swamy.

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