Indian Congress leader Tharoor named as a suspect in wife's death

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On January 17, 2014, at about 9 pm police came to know that Sunanda Pushkar has died in Room Number 345, which is a suite, at Hotel Leela Palace.

Tharoor took to Twitter to challenge the charges framed against him. However, after two days, the case was again transferred back to the Delhi Police.

"No one who knew Sunanda believes she would ever have committed suicide, let alone abetment on my part", he posted on Twitter.

On Monday, the Delhi Police has filed a charge sheet in a Delhi court in connection with the death of Sunanda Pushkar.

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2/2) it does not speak well of the methods or motivations of the Delhi Police.

Tharoor, in his tweet, also explained the meaning of the word "epicaricacy": Rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others.

"On the basis of medico-legal and forensic evidence analysed during investigation as well as opinion of psychological autopsy experts, case FIR No. 04/15 of PS Sarojini Nagar, investigated by the Special Investigation Team of South District, has been chargesheeted under Sections 306/498-A IPC".

The Congress party said it stood by Tharoor and denounced "this politically motivated charge sheet against him". However, they also did not rule out drug overdose as she was reportedly undergoing treatment for stomach tuberculosis and auto-immune disorder Lupus. The FBI report, however, said it had failed to measure the amount of alprazolam in Sunanda's body because of the poor way the viscera samples had been preserved by the Hyderabad lab. Swamy had filed PILs over the case.

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They appeared to have reconciled before Ms Pushkar's death, issuing a statement saying all was well between them.

Having failed to do this, the Congress leader said, the murder charge which Delhi Police and BJP leaders jointly levelled against Tharoor had now been withdrawn and he was being charged under Section 306 IPC, or abetment to suicide. They did not name any suspect at the time. Though some people in the Congress felt that Tharoor was trying to build bridges with the BJP leadership with his book "Why I am a Hindu", his position may be weakened if he gets convicted. Swamy, however, moved the Supreme Court in January this year. The report says this was not a case of murder.

According to prosecution sources, the charge sheet has mentioned that Pushkar was allegedly subjected to mental as well as physical cruelty.

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