Sunanda Pushkar death: Congress Party backs Shashi Tharoor

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NEW DELHI: The Congress Party has fully backed its Thiruvananthapuram MP Sashi Tharoor, who has been charged with abetment of suicide in the case related to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar on January 17, 2014.

 

Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the chargesheet filed by the Delhi police in the Patiala Court on Monday was a product of Bharatiya Janata Party’s revenge factory. While addressing the media, he said that the Delhi police had acted in the case on the "instructions from the BJP and Narendra Modi-led government."

"We won't cow down or bow down. This is a conspiracy to defame Shashi Tharoor. We reject the charges totally," Surjewala wondered how the police could register a case without any suicide note or statement of any witnesses.

The Congress party has also extended support to the diplomat-turned politician and former union minister, through its twitter handle. The twitter said that the party will stand by Dr Tharoor and denounce the politically motivated chargesheet against him.

The Kerala unit of the party has also lent full support to Tharoor. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that the case against the MP was politically motivated and the party will face it politically and legally.

He said that the case was part of the BJP’s attempt to defame the Congress by using the power. Former state home minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that the case followed the failure of BJP’s attempt to lure him into the saffron camp.

The name of Shashi Tharoor was among several leaders the BJP wooed in Kerala. The party thought they could easily lure him as he had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi several times. Thought the Congress had indicted him for the praise, Tharoor stood firmly behind the Congress.

Political observers believe that the case may mar his political career. BJP leaders in the state have already demanded his resignation. The political observers feel that he may have to step down if he is arrested based on the chargesheet.

The MP has termed the charge against him preposterous and has expressed his intention to contest it vigorously. He said in his twitter handle that none who knew Sunanda would believe that she would ever have committed suicide.

“I have taken note of the filing of this preposterous charge sheet &intend to contest it vigorously. No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part. If this is conclusion arrived at after 4+ years of investigation, it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police,” the twitter said.

He pointed out that the Law Officer had in October 2017 made a statement in the Delhi High Court saying that they had not found anything against anyone> “Now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide.  Unbelievable! (Sic),” the twitter said.

Sunanda Pushkar's body was found in her suite (number 345) of Delhi’s five-star Hotel Leela Palace on January 17, 2014. The Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) at Vasant Vihar, Alok Sharma, who inspected the scene of crime and conducted inquest proceedings, was of the view that it was not a suicide.

Delhi Police claimed that the charge sheet filed was finalised on the basis of "medico-legal and forensic evidence." A Delhi police spokesperson said that they had also taken the opinion of psychological autopsy experts before filing the charge sheet.

 

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