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Shashi Tharoor granted bail in Sunanda Pushkar death case

Patiala House Court on Saturady granted bail to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who is an accused in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

New Delhi: A local Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to the Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who is accused in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

After Tharoor appeared before the court as an accused and filed a plea seeking bail, the court in response said, “…no requirement to file a formal bail. Anticipatory bail had been granted by the sessions court.”

As per a news agency, the Congress leader was granted regular bail.

During the course of today’s hearing, prosecutor and Tharoor’s counsel opposed the applications moved by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, wherein he had requested court’s approval–for letting him assist the prosecution in the case –and at same time seeking direction to police for producing the report of vigilance inquiry conducted earlier. Tharoor’s lawyer also questioned Swamy’s locus standi in the case.

Taking note of today’s arguments, the court has set July 26 as the date for the scrutiny of documents.

Additionally, the court said that it will consider Swamy’s application on the same day.

“Today, the Delhi Police and counsel for accused said my position is not maintainable. I argued it under section 302 CrPc, I am entitled. Question of maintainability is irrelevant. I am here to see that trial is fair and Delhi Police does not botch it.” said Swamy, while speaking to reporters outside the court.

The anticipatory bail granted to Tharoor on Thursday was ruled by Additional Sessions Judge Arvind Kumar.

The court had asked Tharoor to present a personal and surety bond of Rs 1 lakh.

After Tharoor furnished the bail bond of Rs. 1 lakh on Saturday, the court converted the anticipatory bail to regular bail.

Moreover, the court had also asked the Congress leader to refrain from–tampering any evidence or influencing witnesses–while allowing him to travel abroad, only after getting permissions.

Delhi Police had, however, opposed Tharoor’s plea.

The court observed that there is nothing on record to suggest that accused has tried to influence any witnesses or tamper with evidence. “Contrarily he has joined the investigation as and when called.”

In May, the Delhi Police had chargesheeted Tharoor under Sections 306 and 498A of the IPC, pertaining to abetment to suicide and cruelty to wife.

On June 5, the court took cognizance of the charge-sheet and asked Tharoor to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal on July 7.

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