The end game has started for former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor in his wife Sunanda’s murder. After assuring the complete status of probe report within a week to Supreme Court on Friday morning, it is learnt that the Delhi Police is going to charge sheet Shashi Tharoor under a non-bailable charge under Indian Penal Code (IPC) 306 for abetment to suicide and other charges for trying to erase the evidence. IPC 306 envisages up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Within two days of the spat with his wife over Twitter and some even physical, Sunanda was found dead and after a year in January 2015, the Delhi Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) for murder.
It is learned that the Delhi Police has finished the charge sheet and its Prosecution Wing has vetted it in the high profile Sunanda murder case, essentially involving the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket betting and money laundering. For the past four years, the Delhi Police was facing severe criticism for inaction and hushing up the murder of Sunanda happened in the Hotel Leela Palace in New Delhi on January 17, 2014. At that time, her husband Tharoor was the Minister of State in Education in UPA-2 Government and was in a tussle with his wife over an alleged affair with a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar.
Within two days of the spat with his wife over Twitter and some even physical, Sunanda was found dead and after a year in January 2015, the Delhi Police registered a First Information Report (FIR) for murder. From the very first week, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) wrote several reports reiterating that Sunanda’s death was unnatural and was due to poison. But unfortunately, many uncouth politicians involved in the IPL Cricket were out to scuttle the probe and save Shashi Tharoor.
A few hours before her death, Sunanda had declared in Twitter that she will expose Shashi Tharoor for his dirty dealings in the IPL rackets. Even after AIIMS confirmation, the crooked elements in the Delhi Police were trying to derail the probe in connivance with their IPL related politicians. Former Commissioner and current CBI Director Alok Verma has found total frauds in the probe and then hushing up and destruction of evidence by the then Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Vivek Gogia and ordered a Vigilance probe. Some investigators in Delhi Police also tried to delay the probe in researching the nature of the poison, even after the Supreme Court landmark verdict that in murder there is no need to find the nature of poison. At one point the Delhi Police had given some details about the IPL money laundering angle to Enforcement Directorate (ED). But this was also delayed and total evidence has not yet been handed over.
Last year senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and his legal associate Advocate Ishkaran Bhandari filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court. Justice G S Sistani, who heard the initial four hearings came down heavily on Delhi Police and asked them to finish the probe in eight weeks. The Judge also said that next hearing he would look into the IPL related angle in the case and the ED probe details. But surprisingly in the next hearing, the case was shifted to Justice Muralidhar, who on the very first day, without hearing the petitioners, dismissed the case with scathing remarks on the petitioners. Muralidhar’s judgment was considered as a surprise in legal circles and many doubts were aired on the way the petition was dismissed.
Swamy filed an appeal in the Supreme Court and Justice Arun Mishra’s Bench directed Delhi Police to file the status report and the case got rejuvenated. It is learnt that Delhi Police will soon file a charge sheet in Patiala House Court.
 Four years later, Delhi Police is still hushing up the Sunanda Murder case – Jan 16, 2018, PGurus.com
 Sunanda murder probe: High Court gives 15 days ultimatum to Delhi Police – Aug 30,2017, PGurus.com
 War of Words between New Judge and Dr Swamy inside Delhi High Court on Sunanda Murder Probe – Oct 27, 2017, PGurus.com
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