New Delhi: The Patiala House Court on Thursday granted an anticipatory bail to the Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor in the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar implying some conditions. The court said that the bail has been granted on the condition that he will not leave the country and pay Rs 1 lakh. Yesterday, Special Judge Arvind Kumar reserved its order on the bail plea. Tharoor has also been summoned as an accused in the death case on July 7.
The court reserved the verdict after the Delhi police have opposed to Tharoor’s plea citing that he might leave the country. The Delhi Police representative, Special Public Prosecution said that he might also result in harming the investigation given that the Congress leader is an influential personality.
He said that Tharoor flies out of the country often and a few witnesses “including Narayan Singh and Bajrangi are still working with Tharoor and he may influence them.” Tharoor’s representative and senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the court that police’s statement is contrary to what they said earlier.
“In the charge sheet they said that Tharoor cooperated during the probe and, therefore, he was not arrested. Police are speaking to the contrary to what they said earlier,” the counsel said. They said that Tharoor should get protection from arrest as he was not arrested before filing the chargesheet and that is why he moved the court yesterday seeking anticipatory bail.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) had said that the investigation was concluded and there was no need for his custodial interrogation was not required, said Tharoor in his plea.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a five-star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. The Congress MP has been charged under section 498A and 306 of the Indian Penal Code.