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SUNANDA PUSHKAR DEATH CASE :

Mrs. Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the suite of the South Delhi Leela Hotel on the night of January 17, 2014. The post mortem reports at the time pointed out poisoning as the reason for death. Later on, the viscera report ruled out the presence of poison or any trace of anxiety medicines. This case has been one of the most controversial cases of India which includes charges on Shashi Tharoor (her husband) under section 302 of Indian Penal Code.


WHO WAS SUNANDA PUSHKAR ?


Sunanda Pushkar Nath Dass was an Indian businesswoman and the wife of Indian former diplomat and politician Shashi Tharoor. She was the sales director in the Dubai-based TECOM Investments, and a co-owner of the India-based Rendezvous Sports World, a cricket franchise in the Indian Premier League. She married Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in 2010. It was the third marriage for both of them.


WHAT WERE THE CONTROVERSIES RELATED TO HER ?

In April 2010, Pushkar gave up her stake in the IPL Kochi team after Lalit Modi said that she owned sweat equity in Rendezvous Sports World—they won the IPL franchise bid for the Kochi Team. It was alleged that Shashi Tharoor was also a benefactor of the franchise.

Also, before her death, she had a verbal spat with Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar on a social networking site, after rumours that Tarar had an affair with her husband.


RECENT DEVELOPMENT IN THE CASE :

In a recent development in the case, Delhi police has urged the court to frame charges against Shashi Tharoor under :

  1. Section 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty)

  2. Section 306 (Offence Of Abetment To Suicide) of the IPC

Initially, the Delhi Police told court that she was allegedly suffering from mental agony because of a tense relationship with her husband Shashi Tharoor. The police has accused Tharoor of abetting the alleged suicide of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.


The hearing in the case suddenly took a dramatic turn when the public prosecutor Atul Srivastava alleged that the Congress MP Shashi Tharoor spent three nights with the Pakistani journalist Mehar Tarar in Dubai. Refuting the prosecution's claim, Tharoor's lawyer Vikas Pahwa said that arguments made by prosecutor are contrary to the bare reading of the chargesheet and he would be arguing on the next date rebutting each and every point made by them.

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