Former UN diplomat, Shashi Tharoor, exonerated of wife’s murder

Former UN diplomat, Shashi Tharoor, exonerated of wife's murder

Shashi Tharoor, an Indian MP, and former UN diplomat has been acquitted of all charges related to his wife’s death.

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

Her death was first mistaken for suicide, but Delhi police subsequently revealed that she had been killed.

They accused Mr. Tharoor of aiding suicide and cruelty to his wife in 2018, which he rejected.

Due to a lack of proof, a Delhi court has finally exonerated him of all allegations.

Mr. Tharoor, who was virtually present at the court hearings on Wednesday, expressed gratitude to the court for its decision.

“It had been seven and half years and it was torture. I’m so grateful,” he said, according to the Live Law website.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Mr Tharoor added that the verdict brought a “significant conclusion to the long nightmare” which had enveloped him after his wife’s death. “I have weathered dozens of unfounded accusations and media vilification patiently, sustained by my faith in the Indian judiciary, which today stands vindicated,” he said.

Mr. Tharoor is a member of India’s major opposition Congress party who represents Kerala in the south. He was the UN’s undersecretary-general for communications and public information, and he has 25 years of diplomatic experience.

In 2010, he married Pushkar, a former Dubai entrepreneur.

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

Her death was first attributed to a drug overdose, but later autopsy reports have included “poisoning,” “mysterious injection marks,” and, in one case, a “deep bite” on her hand.

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