The Congress MP Shashi tharoor has been summoned by a Delhi court on July 7 as an accused party. Today, a Delhi court set the date for his summons after taking cognizance of the chargesheet filed in the Pushkar death case.
Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was found dead in her suite at a five-star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Her last mails and messages on social media have been taken by the police as her dying declaration.
Here’sa full copy of Tharoor’s statement:
“I have taken notice of the developments in the case being heard by the Hon’ble Judge of the Patiala House Court in relation to the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of my late wife, Mrs.Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor. As I understand, the court has issued summons against my name and I have been asked to appear before the court on Saturday, 7th July 2018.
I would like to point out that, from the very start, I have fully cooperated with the investigating team and continue to maintain that due legal process must be followed in all aspects related to this case.
I would like to reiterate my position that I find the charges preposterous and baseless, the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign against myself. I will continue to vigorously contest these charges and maintain my steadfast conviction that ultimately the truth will prevail through the judicial system that we are privileged to have in our country.
In the meantime, I would like to request the media to respect my right to privacy as well as that of my family. Given that the matter is sub-judice, I will refrain from commenting on this issue further until such time as the next scheduled hearing of the case.”
Police is now waiting for retrieval of deleted chats from Sunanda’s phone. In September, Sunanda’s viscera samples were brought back from a FBI lab in the US by the members of a Delhi Police team probing the high profile case.
In February, Tarar was questioned about her relation with the Congress leader and his wife, her fight with Sunanda over Twitter, and other issues revolving around Sunanda’s death.