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Patiala court grants Shashi Tharoor permission to fly abroad

Shashi Tharoor has been granted permission to travel abroad. The Patiala House Court on Wednesday gave Tharoor the green signal on the condition that he submits a fixed deposit receipt of Rs 2 lakh before it.

SNS | New Delhi |

Shashi Tharoor has been granted permission to travel abroad. The Patiala House Court on Wednesday gave Tharoor the green signal on the condition that he submits a fixed deposit receipt of Rs 2 lakh before it.

The court said that Tharoor will be refunded the amount upon his return.

Tharoor, a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, had approached the court seeking permission to travel to Canada for some days from 10 August.

Tharoor is to stand trial in the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar, in which the Delhi Police filed a chargesheet naming him as an accused.

In June, Tharoor had been granted anticipatory bail by the Patiala House Court in connection with the case but was told that he can’t leave the country without informing the court. The court also told him that he cannot tamper with evidence or try to influence the witnesses.

Tharoor had already been granted anticipatory bail in the case by a sessions court on 5 July.

The Patiala House Court directed the Congress leader to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh and one surety of like amount as directed by the sessions court and converted the interim relief to regular bail.

He was granted anticipatory bail by a sessions court on Thursday with direction not to leave the country without permission,

Pushkar, 51, died under mysterious circumstances in a hotel room in south Delhi on 17 January 2014, days after she alleged that Tharoor was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.

On 14 May, police chargesheeted Tharoor under sections 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to abetment to suicide and cruelty to wife, which entails a jail term that could extend up to 10 years.