Shashi Tharoor to face trial in wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case on July 7

New Delhi: Delhi’s Patiala Court on Tuesday said that Congress lawmaker Shashi Tharoor will face a trial as an accused in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case.

The former union minister has been summoned on July 7 and will face the trial court under the charges of abetment of suicide and cruelty.

Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a five-star hotel in Delhi in 2014. Her last mails and messages on social media have been taken by the police as her dying declaration.

Tharoor has been charged under Section 306, abetment of suicide (maximum punishment of 10 years), and Section 498A, subjecting spouse to cruelty (maximum punishment of three years) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to media reports, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal took cognisance of Delhi Police‚Äôs charge sheet and summoned the Thiruvananthapuram MP. “I have gone through charge sheet and documents filed …On the basis of the police report, I take cognisance for the offence of abetment to suicide punishable under Section 306 and committing cruelty upon late Sunanda Pushkar under Section 498A IPC,” he said.

In a statement released on Twitter, Tharoor has termed the charges against him as “preposterous” and has said that he is willing to contest it “vigorously”.

The Delhi Police, in its charge sheet of around 3000 pages, has named Tharoor as the sole accused, while alleging that he had subjected his wife to cruelty.

Early on Tuesday, police had filed the charge sheet in the case before Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh urging the court to summon Tharoor as an accused.