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Shashi Tharoor was hounded for years by the CBI. His crime? Belonging to the political opposition

Shashi Tharoor and his wife. After her death, the CBI pursued him relentlessly

Shashi Tharoor was hounded for years by the CBI. His crime? Belonging to the political opposition

Shashi Tharoor and his wife. After her death, the CBI pursued him relentlessly

Shashi Tharoor was hounded for years by the CBI. His crime? Belonging to the political opposition

Shashi Tharoor and his wife. After her death, the CBI pursued him relentlessly

Shashi Tharoor was hounded for years by the CBI. His crime? Belonging to the political opposition

Shashi Tharoor and his wife. After her death, the CBI pursued him relentlessly

The CBI has become a tool of the political rulers. When Congress was in power, it pursued members of the BJP. Today, it is used against Congress. What has become of institutional neutrality?

Seven and a half years after his wife’s suicide, Shashi Tharoor — a Congress MP, former UN diplomat, and acclaimed writer — has been cleared of any involvement in her death.

Sunanda Pushkar and Shashi Tharoor had been married since 2010, and lived very much in the public eye – a glamourous, successful couple who appeared to be living a romantic dream. Later, there were rumours that their relationship was becoming more troubled, and soon afterwards Pushkar was found dead in her room in a five-star hotel in Delhi in January 2014.

At first, her death was treated as suicide, but before long the Delhi police came to suspect that it was a murder case. Even now, it is unclear how she died.

Then, in 2018, the CBI charged Mr Tharoor with abetment to suicide and cruelty to his wife. He denied the charge – and the prosecution was never able to provide any evidence to support the accusation. Yet it took another three years before his name was finally cleared, and a judge ruled that none of the charges against him had any basis.

The real question here is not about the relationship between Tharoor and his wife; that is a personal matter. The real question is a political one: why did the CBI choose to hound Mr Tharoor for over seven years, refusing to let the case go despite the lack of evidence?

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