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The Patiala House Court today granted anticipatory bail to leader of the Congress party Shashi Tharoor in the Sunanda Pushkar case.
Tharoor will, however, have to seek permission from the court before leaving the country. In case of his arrest, the bail bond has been set at Rs. 1 lakh.
Tharoor had applied for anticipatory bail just a few days before he has to appear before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal.
Today, Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted anticipatory bail, noting that Tharoor had co-operated with investigative agencies when called upon and that he had not tried to influence the investigation. It was further noted in the order that Tharoor had not tried to flee from justice or shift base to another country, and that he was a sitting Member of Parliament.
“The apprehension of CBI that accused may influence witnesses is without any basis. There is nothing on record to suggest that accused has tried to influence any witness or tamper with evidence. Contrarily he has joined the investigation as and when called…”
On June 5, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal of the Patiala House Court had taken cognizance of the charge sheet and related documents submitted by the Special Investigation Team.
The charges against Tharoor include abetment of suicide under Section 306 of IPC and committing cruelty under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code.
The court had found that there were sufficient grounds to proceed against Shashi Tharoor for the commission of offences under Sections 306 and 498A of IPC and had, therefore, summoned him to appear on July 7.
In May this year, the Sunanda Pushkar case was transferred to a fast track Court and is currently before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal. Tharoor’s bail plea, however, was heard by Special Judge Arvind Kumar.
Read the order: