Patiala House Court grants anticipatory bail to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi | The Patiala High Court in Delhi on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the murder case Sunanda Pushkar.

Earlier Tharoor had filed an anticipatory bail plea in Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Tuesday before Special Judge Arvind Kumar who sought Delhi Police’s response and kept it for hearing on 8 July. The former Union Minister will have to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh. The Court further ordered that Tharoor cannot travel abroad without prior permission of the court and cannot tamper with the evidence and witness.

The Delhi Police had named the Thiruvananthapuram MP as an accused in the case and charged him with abetment of suicide, after which a Delhi court took cognisance of the charge sheet and summoned him to the trial on 7 July.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who had summoned Tharoor to the trial, had said there was sufficient grounds to proceed in the case against him. Besides abetment of suicide, the Congress leader was also charged with cruelty. In the charge sheet filed before a Delhi court in the death case, Delhi Police has accused Congress leader Shashi Tharoor of ignoring his wife Sunanda Pushkar while she was “slipping into depression”.

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