Congress chief Shashi Tharoor claimed earlier than a Delhi courtroom on Tuesday that proof confirmed the dying of his spouse Sunanda Pushkar was neither a suicide nor murder and sought discharge within the case.
Mr Tharoor, represented by senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, mentioned not even a single witness has made any allegations of dowry, harassment or cruelty in opposition to him.
The submissions have been made earlier than Particular Decide Geetanjli Goel throughout arguments on framing of expenses within the case.
The courtroom put up the matter for additional listening to on March 26.
Ms Pushkar was discovered useless in a set of a luxurious resort within the metropolis on the evening of January 17, 2014. The couple was staying within the resort, because the official bungalow of Mr Tharoor was being renovated at the moment.
Mr Pahwa mentioned publish mortem and different medical stories have allegedly established that it was neither a suicide nor murder.
He additional mentioned the prosecution can’t assume that it was a suicide and have to ascertain it.
“There isn’t any materials for framing of expenses in opposition to Tharoor,” the senior counsel mentioned.
Mr Pahwa had earlier 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 IPC.
Mr Pahwa had mentioned her dying needs to be handled as unintentional.
He had additionally mentioned that in the course of the course of the investigation there have been a plethora of stories by specialists earlier than the investigating officer (IO) however there was ”no particular opinion on the reason for dying”.
He had added that even after years of investigation by the police, the prosecution has did not conclusively establish the reason for dying.
Mr Pahwa had additional submitted earlier than the courtroom that Pushkar was grappling with numerous medical illnesses on the time of her dying.
Pahwa added that “the Investigating Officer erroneously shaped an opinion vis-a-vis the fee of an offence. Nonetheless, stories and different materials relied upon in reality exonerates Tharoor from all expenses.”
“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 in the course of the course of the investigation resulting from which the IO determined to maneuver onto looking for opinion from one other Medical Board, Mr Pahwa advised the courtroom.
Tharoor has been charged underneath sections 498A and 306 of the Indian Penal Code, however was not arrested within the case. He was granted bail on July 5, 2018.