The Rouse Avenue Court today (January 30, 2020) dismissed the plea of Congressman, Shashi Tharoor asking to put his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s tweets on police records. Shashi Tharoor is a suspect in his wife’s murder who was found dead in a luxury hotel on the night of January 17, 2014.
Senior Advocate, Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor had moved an application before the court under Section 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 stating that the prosecution had not provided all the important documents and had asked to get data inferred from the Twitter handle of Pushkar.
Public Prosecutor, Atul Shrivastava, objected to the application stating that an accused cannot move any such application as only the Court has the right to do so in the interest of justice.
Further, Advocate Pahwa countered by mentioning a judgment that said in case that if the evidence is of a sterling quality, the court upon satisfaction could allow it to be added in the evidence. He claimed that since the prosecution has data and that data is crucial to the case, the application should be allowed.
Last year, Tharoor’s Counsel Vikas Pahwa argued in front of the court that the tweets posted by Sunanda before her death, tell a lot about her mental condition and should be made a part of the records. He said that the tweets had not been a part of the charge sheet but were discussed on various social media platforms. He asserted that, “According to her last tweet, her mental condition seemed normal. Till 16th (January) she was tweeting. Even on 17th morning, the last tweet was at 4:46 am.”
Author: Nandini Gandhi