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India MP Shashi Tharoor cleared of wife's murder

India MP Shashi Tharoor cleared of wife's murder
  • Sun Online Desk
  • 18th August, 2021 04:46:16 PM
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Indian MP and former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor has been cleared of all charges related to aiding his wife's suicide.

Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in the suite of a five-star hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014.

Her death was initially treated as suicide but police in Delhi later said she had been murdered.

In 2018, they charged Mr Tharoor with abetment to suicide and cruelty to his spouse - a charge he denied.

A court in Delhi has now exonerated him of all charges citing lack of evidence, BBC reported.

Mr Tharoor, who attended the court proceedings virtually on Wednesday, thanked the court for its verdict.

Mr Tharoor is an MP from the southern state of Kerala for India's main opposition Congress party. A diplomat with 25 years of experience, he served as undersecretary general at the United Nations for communications and public information.

He married Pushkar, a former Dubai-based businesswoman, in 2010.

The cause of Ms Pushkar's death is still unclear.

The first post-mortem report suggested she may have died of a drug overdose, but subsequent reports have referred to "poisoning", "mysterious injection marks" and, in one case, a "deep bite" on her palm.