New Delhi: In a major development in the Sunanda Pushkar death case, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has been summoned as an accused by the Patiala House Court.
Tharoor has been asked to appear before the court on July 7. The court said that it has sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor after perusal of the charge sheet and the accompanying document.
During the hearing, the judge took cognisance of Delhi police’s charge sheet against Tharoor of offence regarding abetment to suicide of Sunanda Pushkar and for committing cruelty upon her. The court admitted charges against Tharoor under IPC 306 (Abetment to suicide) and IPC 498 (Cruelty).
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Under abetment to suicide, if any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
The court has also asked the prosecution to file a reply to Dr Subramanian Swamy’s application.
Earlier in the day, the Patiala House Court had permitted Dr Subramanian Swamy to argue his application on the destruction of evidence in the Sunanda unnatural death case.
Meanwhile, Tharoor issues a statement on the matter.
Sunanda was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014.