A local court in Delhi on Saturday granted regular bail to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in the Sunanda Pushkar death case. This came just two days after he was granted an anticipatory bail by a sessions court.
The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram personally appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal at the Patiala House Court after the court had issued him summons in June this year.
While in court, Tharoor also opposed the application of BJP MP Subramanian Swamy questioning his locus standi in the case. Swamy has been relentlessly carrying out a campaign against Tharoor demanding his prosecution. Tharoor’s counsel told the court on Saturday that Swamy had no locus to contest the case.
Interestingly, the Delhi Police too opposed Swamy’s plea even though the controversial BJP MP sought permission from the court to assist the police in the case.
The court asked Swamy to supply a copy of his application to Tharoor to enable him to file his response.
Reacting to Tharoor’s anticipatory bail last week, Swamy had launched a personal attack using unsavoury remarks against him. Stating that there was nothing to celebrate for Tharoor, Swamy had told ANI, “There is nothing for Shashi Tharoor to celebrate. He is not in Tihar jail, he can sit with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, they are also bail-wallas.”
In a big relief to the Congress MP, when Tharoor’s counsel moved a plea seeking regular bail, the judge said that there was no requirement for filing it as he was already granted anticipatory bail by a sessions court on Thursday.
The sessions court on 5 July had directed Tharoor to not leave the country without permission. He was also told to avoid tampering with evidence or influence the witnesses.
The court has listed the case for the next hearing on 26 July. The Delhi Police have been directed to supply the copy of charge-sheet and other documents to the Congress leader.
51-year-old Pushkar had died in January 2014 in a Delhi hotel under mysterious circumstances, days after she alleged that Tharoor was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.
The medical board constituted to submit a report on the death of Sunanda Pushkar had failed to make any conclusions in its findings submitted to the Delhi Police.
In its report submitted to the SIT last year, which is probing the case, the medical board, after studying the findings of FBI and AIIMS had said that the cause of her death was inconclusive. The Delhi Police had first claimed that the 51-year-old was poisoned, and registered a murder case in January 2015, without naming any suspect.