Delhi's Patiala House Court Allows Shashi Tharoor To Fly Abroad

| August 1 , 2018 , 19:32 IST

The Patiala House Court in Delhi granted permission to senior Congress Leader and Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad. The senior Congress leader is an accused in the death case of her wife Sunanda Pushkar.

According to media reports, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal allowed Mr. Tharoor's application seeking permission for eight visits to five countries, including the US, Canada and Germany, till December.

While allowing the Senior Congress MP to fly the court said, “He has cooperated with the investigation. He had appeared before the court on the first date in pursuance of the summons issued to him. There is nothing on record to presume that he may flee justice.”

The court directed the Congress MP to furnish a fixed deposit of Rs. 2 lakh, which will be refunded after his return. It asked him to inform the investigating officer and the court about the travel details and his arrival in the country. The court also directed him not to tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses.

Sunanda Pushkar Death Case

Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room on the night of January 17, 2014.

An FIR was filed against unknown persons under section 302 IPC on January 1, 2015. After the investigations, Shashi Tharoor had been charged under sections 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and 306(abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police, Pushkar killed herself by consuming an overdose of antidepressant pills, alprazolam (Alprax). In the charge sheet, Delhi Police named Shashi Tharoor as an accused in the case.