- Shashi Tharoor's wife was found dead in hotel room in 2014
- Tharoor charged with "cruelty" in marriage, abetting suicide
- He calls charges "preposterous", says will contest them vigorously
Mr Tharoor, in tweets, called the charges "preposterous". Backing him, the Congress denounced what it called a "politically-motivated charge-sheet". Mr Tharoor is the only person named as an accused in the 3,000-page chargesheet.
1/2 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+ yrs of investigation, (contd.)- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018
He also tweeted that he was "trying to focus on work while others relish their distractions". Finally he announced that he would be off Twitter for a while, in a post mocking critics of his verbosity.
2/2) it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police. In oct 17, the Law Officer made a statement in the DelhiHighCourt that they have not found anything against anyone & now in 6 months they say that I have abetted a suicide. unbelievable!- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018
Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was found dead in her hotel suite on January 17, 2014, days after she publicly accused her husband of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. A day before her death, she had called a prominent journalist and had talked about a big reveal.
Staying off @Twitter for a while -- one encounters too much epicaricacy! pic.twitter.com/znaj8vUl0R- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 14, 2018
The police first claimed that Sunanda Pushkar was poisoned, and registered a murder case in January 2015, without naming any suspect. The AIIMS hospital had called her death "unnatural".
The police now say they have no proof of murder but it was evident Sunanda Pushkar had been driven to suicide; she had not been eating or leaving her room, the charge-sheet reportedly says. Police sources say the couple fought frequently and Sunanda Pushkar had been taking depression pills without prescription.
The 62-year-old former union minister was questioned more than once by the police, who had asked him to describe the circumstances in which his wife checked into the hotel two days before her death. The couple had allegedly had a huge fight on a flight from Kerala to Delhi.