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Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal of the Patiala House Court today committed the Sunanda Pushkar case to Sessions Court for trial.
The case has been sent to trial after the completion of the procedure under Section 207 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973.
The Court has, however, dismissed Subramanian Swamy’s application under Section 302, CrPC to assist the Sessions Court during the trial.
It has, nonetheless, directed the Delhi Police to preserve its Vigilance Report on alleged tampering of evidence in the case.
Pushkar was found dead in her suite at a five-star hotel situated in New Delhi in January 2014. Husband of Sunanda Pushkar and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is the sole accused in the matter. He is charged for abetment of suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and committing cruelty under Section 498A, IPC.
He was granted regular bail on July 7 after appearing before the court pursuant to the summons issued against him.
Swamy had earlier filed a petition in the Delhi High Court calling for a court-monitored SIT probe into the case. However, this plea was rejected by the Court.
Subsequently, Swamy approached the Supreme Court in appeal. Last May, the matter was transferred to a fast track court. Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmendra Singh of the Patiala House Court later transferred the matter to Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal.
The matter will most likely be posted before Sessions Judge Arun Bhardwaj on February 21.