Congress MP Shashi Tharoor Thursday alleged before a Delhi special court that AIIMS forensic chief Sudhir Gupta has deliberately “concealed the original post-mortem report of his wife Sunanda Pushkar”.
Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa, appearing for Tharoor, contended before Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj: “Original documents (related to post-mortem report of Sunanda Pushkar) are with Dr Sudhir Gupta… The same should not have been with him. How can he carry documents wherever he goes? These documents needed to be filed with the chargesheet or should be with the court.”
Denying the allegations, Dr Sudhir Gupta told The Indian Express that all reports were submitted to the Delhi Police long ago. “By making this allegation, Tharoor is misleading the court,” Gupta said.
Referring to the chargesheet, Pahwa and advocate Gaurav Gupta claimed that the documents were deliberately concealed.
The Congress leader’s counsel made the submission during hearing of their application to set aside an order to commit the case for trial in the sessions court.
Pahwa argued that there are discrepancies in the electronic evidence and the chargesheet by police. The counsel for the Delhi Police opposed the submissions and alleged that an “attempt is being made to delay the case”.
Pahwa also submitted that compliance of Section 207 of the CrPC — according to which copy of police report and other documents have to be given to the accused — is mandatory and thus, the magisterial court’s order be set aside. Hearing which, the special judge reserved the order for March 15.
On February 4, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had sent the case to the sessions court for further proceedings as the offence under IPC Section 306 (abetment of suicide) was triable by a sessions judge.
Tharoor has been charged with allegedly abetting the suicide of his wife, who was found dead in a suite of a luxury hotel in the city on the night of January 17, 2014.