Just days ahead of his appearance before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in the Sunanda Pushkar death case, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor moved an anticipatory bail plea in the Patiala House Court in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Additional Sessions Judge Arvind Kumar listed the bail plea of the 62-year-old parliamentarian from Thiruvananthapuram for further hearing on Wednesday.
Tharoor’s counsel told ANI: “SIT categorically stated in chargesheet that probe is concluded and no custodial interrogation of any person is reqd. Law is very clear that if charge sheet is filed without arrest, bail is inevitable. Matter fixed for consideration at 10 am tomorrow.”
The court has also sought response of the Delhi Police on Tharoor’s plea.
Tharoor is an accused in the suicide case of his wife. He is set to appear before CMM Samar Vishal on 7 July for a hearing in the case. On 5 June, the court took cognisance of the charge-sheet filed by the police in the case which accused Tharoor of abetting the suicide of his wife and subjecting here to cruelty.
According to the chargesheet, Pushkar killed herself by overdosing on antidepressant pills.
Dismissing the chargesheet as “preposterous”, Tharoor said he would contest it.
Pushkar, 51, died under mysterious circumstances in a room in Leela Hotel in south Delhi on 17 January 2014. Her death came days after she alleged that her husband was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.
The police initially treated her death as murder but failed to gather any evidence to support it.