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Court reserves order on Swamy plea in Pushkar death case

NEW DELHI, MAY 4 (IANS) | Publish Date: 5/4/2019 12:13:28 PM IST

A court on Saturday reserved its order on BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking to bring a Delhi Police Vigilance report on record in SunandaPushkar death case.

Special Judge ArunBhardwaj said it would pass its order on May 13 on Swamy’s plea seeking to bring on record a vigilance report on the alleged tampering of evidence in the case.

The court was hearing arguments against Congress MP ShashiTharoor, accused of abetment of suicide of his wife SunandaPushkar.

Swamy told the court that there is certain evidence which is required in the case. He told the court that some people had gone to “extraordinary extent” to “make sure that the evidence was destroyed.”

But Tharoor’s counsel and senior advocate VikasPahwa opposed the plea and said that Swamy has no locus in the case because he is neither associated with the prosecution nor with the accsued or victim.

Swamy responded that he has locus in the matter as chargesheet in this case was the outcome of his public interest litigation filed in the higher court.

Defence counsel Pahwa said public suits did not grant anyone the right to be a part of a trial.

Advocate Pahwa also said that all the allegations on destruction of evidence were false.

Additional Public Prosecutor AtulShrivastava also opposed Swamy’s plea and raised question over its maintainability.

On May 14 2018, police chargesheetedTharoor under Sections 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code, pertaining to abetment to suicide and cruelty to wife, which entail a jail term of up to 10 years.

Pushkar, 51, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel room in south Delhi on January 17, 2014, days after she alleged that Tharoor was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.

Modi tom-toms UN action against Azhar to seek vote

Basti (Uttar Pradesh), May 4 (IANS):  Prime Minister NarendraModi here on Saturday said India achieved an unprecedented success in its fight against terror and got MasoodAzhar designated as an “international terrorist” by the UN security Council.

Now Pakistan would have to take action against him, Modi said and added, “Pakistan’s helplessness strengthens India. Kin of martyrs got relief. Now, we’ll search and kill the terrorists”. 

Addressing an election meeting, Modi said, “We are extremely conscious of the internal security as well as the security of borders. That’s why MasoodAzhar has been declared an international terrorist. Now Pakistan will have to take action against him, otherwise it will have to be ready to become Somalia”. 

The UN Security Council has included Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s chief MasoodAzhar in the list of global terrorists.

 

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