As per a Delhi court, Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor called Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar ‘my darlingest.’ The court also said that 15 injury marks were found on Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar’s body, that were caused after a scuffle and she even died of poisoning.
Delhi Police accused Tharoor of ‘torturing’ his wife and abetting her suicide. Police charged Tharoor, who’s on bail in the same case, under a law on ‘a husband subjecting a woman to cruelty’ and ‘abetment of suicide’ under Sections 498-A and 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Delhi Police told the court that Pushkar was suffering from mental distress due to the couple’s strained relationship.
Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said Pushkar was also deeply upset about Tharoor’s alleged relationship with Tarar and said the couple’s relationship was tense and bad. The same was even mentioned in the charge sheet through Pushkar’s friend and journalist Nalini Singh’s statement.
As per NDTV, “I got a call from Sunanda who was crying and sobbing. I told her Mehr Tarar was nothing and she was everything. She wanted to take revenge from Tharoor and Tarar. There was a lot of bad publicity in media. She told she helped Tharoor a lot in the IPL matter. She had found some messages between Tarar and Tharoor. She refused to go to their house and instead went to Leela hotel. The relation between the couple was very bad,” Singh had said in her statement.
The prosecutor even told the court that an email was also found, in which Tharoor had addressed Tarar as ‘my darlingest.’ Prosecutor said, “Such type of language was used. There are various letters, which show how intimate Tharoor and Tarar were.”
However, Tharoor’s lawyer Vikas Pahwa refuted the claims by saying he wasn’t not aware of any such e-mail. The next hearing of the case would be on August 31. Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a hotel room in 2014.