Rouse Avenue Court of Delhi can pass order on framing of charges in Sunanda Pushkar’s death case on Tuesday. In its chargesheet, the police had charged veteran Congress leader and Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor under sections 478A (marital cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Geetanjali Goel can pass the order today i.e. Tuesday at 12.30 pm. If the court agrees to frame the charges, Shashi Tharoor will have to face trial.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a hotel room in January 2014. The medical report revealed the presence of drugs in his body. While the angle of murder was also being investigated in the preliminary investigation, the police eventually filed a chargesheet for suicide. Earlier, the order for framing of charges was deferred after arguments between both the sides.
The matter of mental torture had come to the fore!
In his argument, Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava had asserted that Sunanda Pushkar had suffered mental cruelty, which worsened her health. Referring to the post-mortem report, he had said that it was not a natural death. The cause of death is poison, which could have been given either orally or by injection.
The defense had denied all the allegations
For Shashi Tharoor, senior advocate Vikas Pahwa had argued that the prosecution has not been able to establish evidence against the Congress leader, and he should be acquitted. Shashi Tharoor’s counsel had also argued that the claim that Sunanda Pushkar had injected poison out of cruelty by her husband was a mere rhetoric, which could not be accepted.