Sunanda Pushkar case: Subramanian Swamy has no locus in the case, argues Shashi Tharoor
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Sunanda Pushkar case: Subramanian Swamy has no locus in the case, argues Shashi Tharoor

Shruti Mahajan

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was granted regular bail by Patiala House Court today in Sunanda Pushkar death case.

Tharoor, who was summoned as an accused in the case informed the court that he had already been granted anticipatory bail by a sessions court on July 5.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal then directed Tharoor to furnish bail bonds.

Tharoor also opposed Subramanian Swamy’s application in the case today on the grounds that Swamy has no locus in the matter.

Swamy had filed an application to assist the prosecution in this case and a prayed for a direction to the police to produce the report of vigilance inquiry conducted earlier.

Appearing for Tharoor, Senior Counsel Vikas Pahwa told the Court that Swamy is a stranger to the case and has no locus in the proceedings.

However, Swamy argued that provisions under Section 301 and 302 of CrPC describe the circumstances under which a person can join a case and submitted that he can make an application given that “this deals with tampering of evidence”.

Interestingly, Delhi Police which was supplied a copy of Swamy’s application has filed its written reply and the police too has opposed Swamy’s request to assist the prosecution.

A copy of Swamy’s application is now required to be supplied to Tharoor’s lawyer, who in turn will file a written reply, and the matter will be heard next on July 26 at 2 PM.

Read the order below.

Shashi-Tharoor-Order.pdf
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