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Sunanda death: Tharoor granted regular bail

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has been granted ‘regular bail’ by a Patiala House court in a case relating to his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death almost four years ago in a luxury hotel in South Delhi.

Former Union Minister Tharoor who is also a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat was summoned as an accused in the case. He appeared before the court and informed it that he had already been granted anticipatory bail by a Sessions Court on July 5.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal then directed him to furnish a bail bond of Rs one lakh and one surety of like amount as directed by the sessions court and converted the interim relief to regular bail. Tharoor had moved the court for anticipatory bail apprehending arrest.

The court on Saturday handed over a copy of the charge sheet and the documents filed along with it to Tharoor and posted the matter for scrutiny on July 26.

 Meanwhile, the Delhi Police and the counsel appearing for Tharoor also opposed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking the court's nod to assist it in the case.

 While Tharoor said Swamy had no locus and he was a stranger to the case, the Delhi Police said the application was not maintainable. The court, thereafter, asked the BJP leader to hand over a copy of his application to Tharoor.

The sessions court had observed that the prosecution's apprehensions that Tharoor may flee offshore or influence witnesses were “without any basis”.

The court had also imposed certain conditions on Tharoor, including that he would not tamper with the evidence or leave the country without the court's prior nod.

It had noted that Tharoor, who has not been arrested by the probe agency, had joined the investigation as and when called by the police. It had also observed that the police had not, at any point of time, alleged that Tharoor tried to flee from justice or shift base to another country




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