Congress chief Shashi Tharoor claimed earlier than a Delhi court docket on Friday that the household and buddies of his spouse Sunanda Pushkar have maintained that she couldn’t have died by suicide.
Tharoor, represented by senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, mentioned there can’t be abetment when she didn’t die of suicide and sought discharge within the case.
The submissions have been made earlier than Particular Choose Geetanjli Goel throughout arguments on framing of prices within the case.
“Her relations and son say she was a powerful girl and couldn’t have died by suicide. How can there be a query of abetment when she didn’t die by suicide,” Pahwa mentioned.
He additional mentioned the prosecution have did not show suicide.
The court docket put up the matter for additional listening to on April 9.
He had earlier mentioned submit mortem and different medical experiences have allegedly established that it was neither a suicide nor murder.
The senior lawyer had additional mentioned not even a single witness has made any allegations of dowry, harassment or cruelty in opposition to him.
Pushkar was discovered useless in a set of a luxurious lodge within the metropolis on the night time of January 17, 2014.
The couple was staying within the lodge, because the official bungalow of Tharoor was being renovated at the moment.
Pahwa had mentioned there was no proof in opposition to Tharoor to show the offence punishable underneath both part 498A (husband or relative of husband of a girl subjecting her to cruelty) or 306 (abetment of suicide) of Indian Penal Code.
Pahwa had mentioned her demise ought to be handled as unintended.
He had additionally mentioned that through the course of the investigation there have been a plethora of experiences by consultants earlier than the investigating officer (IO) however there was ‘no particular opinion on the reason for demise’.
He had added that even after years of investigation by the police, the prosecution has did not conclusively determine the reason for demise.
Pahwa had additional submitted earlier than the court docket that Pushkar was grappling with varied medical illnesses on the time of her demise.
“The Investigating Officer erroneously shaped an opinion vis-a-vis the fee of an offence. Nonetheless, experiences and different materials relied upon in truth exonerates Tharoor from all prices,” he mentioned.
“The opinion of the Post-mortem Board took into consideration circumstantial proof past the 4 corners of the post-mortem room which isn’t permissible.
“The Board has did not substantiate their opinion through the course of the investigation resulting from which the IO determined to maneuver onto searching for opinion from one other Medical Board,” Pahwa advised the court docket.
Tharoor has been charged underneath sections 498A and 306 of the IPC, however was not arrested within the case.
He was granted bail on July 5, 2018.