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Sunanda Pushkar death case: Shashi Tharoor granted bail by Patiala House court

A local Delhi court today granted bail to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who is an accused in the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Tharoor today appeared before the Patiala House court as an accused and filed a plea seeking bail. To this, the court said no requirement to file a formal bail. Anticipatory bail had been granted by the sessions court. PTI reported that the Congress leader was granted regular bail. During the course of todays hearing, public prosecutor and Tharoors counsel opposed the applications moved by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy seeking courts nod to allow him to assist the prosecution in the case and a direction to the police to produce the report of vigilance inquiry conducted earlier. Tharoors lawyer also questioned Swamys locus standi in the case. After hearing the arguments, the court set July 26 as the date for the scrutiny of documents. The court also said that it will take Swamys application into consideration on the same day. Speaking to reporters outside the court, Swamy said that question of his maintainability is irrelevant. Today, the Delhi Police and counsel for accused said my position is not maintainable. I argued it under section 302 CrPc, I am entitled. Question of maintainability is irrelevant. I am here to see that trial is fair and Delhi Police does not botch it. Tharoor was granted anticipatory bail on Thursday by Additional Sessions Judge Arvind Kumar. The court had asked him to furnish a personal and surety bond of Rs 1 lakh. The court had also directed Tharoor not to tamper with evidence and nor try to influence the witnesses. Besides, he was asked not to leave the country without permission. Delhi Police had, however, opposed Tharoors plea. The court observed that there is nothing on record to suggest that accused has tried to influence any witnesses or tamper with evidence. On June 5, the court took cognizance of the charge-sheet and asked Tharoor to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal on July 7. Sunanda Pushkar died under mysterious circumstances inside a room of a hotel in Delhi on January 17, 2014. Pushkar, 51, passed away days after she alleged that Tharoor was having an affair with a journalist based in Pakistan.

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