New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Tuesday granted permission to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to travel to USA from May 5 to May 20, said news agency ANI. The court, which had sought a response from the city police on a Tharoor’s plea, approved of his request to travel abroad.

The Congress leader is an accused in the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Tharoor had sought the court’s permission to travel to USA from May 5 to May 20. In this regard, Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj issued a notice to the Delhi Police and directed it to file a reply by April 30. Tharoor moved an application seeking permission to visit the US to attend some conferences and events.

Currently, Tharoor is seeking re-election from Thiruvananthapuram parliamentary constituency.

Sunanda Pushkar Case

On January 17, 2014, Sunanda Pushkar (51) was found dead in her suite at a five-star hotel in Delhi. The couple was staying in the hotel as their house was undergoing renovation. Police took Pushkar’s last messages in social media for a declaration of death. Police said that in a mail to Tharoor, Pushkar had written that she had “no desire to live…all I pray for is death”.

A couple of days before her suicide, her social media account reveals her alleged accusation against her husband of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist.

Tharoor was charged under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He, however, has dismissed the charges as “preposterous”.

(With agency inputs)