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Police files charge sheet in Sunanda death case; names Tharoor

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today accused Tharoor of abetting the suicide of his wife and told a city court that his custodial was necessary as investigation was yet to be concluded.

The police filed a nearly 3,000-page charge sheet in the court, naming Tharoor as the only person as accused in the case and claiming that there was enough evidence to proceed against him.

The police has also alleged that Tharoor had subjected his wife to cruelty.

The charge sheet in the mysterious death of was filed before Dharmendra Singh, who will consider it on May 24. The agency also urged the court to summon Tharoor, the from Thiruvananthapuram, as an accused.

The couple's domestic servant is one of the key witnesses in the case.

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

The has been charged under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.

The charge sheet, which includes several annexures, said that Pushkar died within three years, three months and 15 days of her marriage with Tharoor. The couple had entered the wedlock on August 22, 2010.

Pushkar was found dead in the suite of the on January 17, 2014. The suite was sealed that night itself for investigation.

An FIR was registered by on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).

According to a prosecution sources, the charge sheet has mentioned that Pushkar was allegedly subjected to mental as well as physical cruelty.

After all the possible and material evidence collected and verified, it was felt that his custodial would be required in the case, the charge sheet, which contains several medical reports, said.

Tharoor has not been arrested in the case so far as he had joined the investigation when required.

The had last year in October 26 dismissed BJP Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking a court-monitored SIT probe into the death of MP Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar, terming his PIL as a "textbook example of a political interest litigation".

Later, Swamy moved the challenging the High Court order which asked the to satisfy the court on the question of maintainability of his plea.

The special investigation team (SIT) on April 20 had told the apex court that a draft final report has been prepared after conducting "thorough professional and scientific investigations" in the case relating to the death of 's wife.

Delhi Police, in its affidavit filed in the apex court, had said then that a draft final report has been sent to the prosecution department of the for "legal scrutiny" and it would be filed in the concerned trial court after being vetted.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 17:20 IST