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Sunanda Pushkar murder case: Patiala House Court grants bails to Shashi Tharoor

New Delhi | The Patiala House Court on Saturday granted bail to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the murder case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

“There is no requirement to file a formal bail. Anticipatory bail had been granted by the Session’s Court,” the  Judge stated. The public prosecutor and Tharoor’s counsels opposed the applications moved by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy seeking the court’s nod to allow him to assist the prosecution in the case and a direction to the police to produce the report of vigilance inquiry conducted earlier.

Tharoor’s counsels furhter questioned Swamy’s locus standi in the case. The court has now scheduled July 26 as the date for the scrutiny of documents and consideration of the application.

Earlier on July 5, the court granted anticipatory bail to Tharoor in connection with the case with a bail bond of Rs. 1 lakh. The former Union Minister was summoned by the Delhi court in the case on 5 June. Tharoor was earlier asked to appear before the court on July 7 for “abetment to suicide and cruelty” in the case,

Earlier on May 24, the Delhi court, which was hearing the case, transferred the matter to the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), Samar Vishal. On May 14, the Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the court, in which it named Tharoor as an accused, under sections 306 (Abetment of suicide) and 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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