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Adverse media coverage adds to the misery: Snr Adv Pahwa in Shashi Tharoor Case

In August 2019, Shashi Tharoor, Pushkar’s husband and Congress leader was accused in the case of his wife committing suicide, by delhi police. He still stands as the sole accused and the case is being heard before the Delhi court.

The Delhi police accused him under Sections 498A (cruelty) and 306 (abetment to suicide) or alternatively under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

Wife of Tharoor, Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in her suite at a five-star hotel in New Delhi on January 17, 2014. As per the prosecution, Pushkar was a completely healthy person and the cause of her death was poisoning due to the consumption of Alprazolam.

The prosecution’s case is based on the ground that Pushkar was subjected to mental cruelty by her husband due to several controversies surrounding their relationship, including an extra marital affair. 

Senior advocate Vikas Parwa is advocating for Tharoor, he strongly contended that prosecution has no evidence to support their claims of an extramarital affair. He said, “Adverse media coverage adds to the misery and in my case it is true.. Section 498A should not become an assassin’s weapon.. innocent persons should not suffer because of baseless allegations,”

“Son and everyone else says she could not have committed suicide.. any case of Section 306 should qualify the test of Section 309. When there is no suicide, how can there be a case of abatement. they have first failed to show suicide, and then abetment.” He submitted further.

Next date for hearing is 9th of April 2021

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