Delhi's Patiala House court on Monday granted permission to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to travel abroad to visit the family of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away just a few days ago. Tharoor was also allowed to visit the United Nations Headquarters to seek aid for flood-ravaged Kerala after an urgent application was moved by senior advocate Vikas Pahwa and advocate Gaurav Gupta, representing him.
Earlier, Annan's family and foundation confirmed his death on his official twitter handle.
Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, has been facing trial on charges of abetment of suicide and committing cruelty in Sunanda Pushkar case and was barred from foreign travel without prior permission.
Delhi's Patiala House Court allows Shashi Tharoor's application seeking to visit family of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (who passed away recently) abroad. Court also granted him permission to visit United Nations Headquarters to seek aid for #KeralaFloods. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/9hxk4SomaN— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2018
Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room of Delhi on January 17, 2014. The police discovered 27 tablets of Alprax though it is not clear that how many she had.
Pushkar committed suicide days after a public spat at the Kochi airport with Tharoor, who she suspected was having an extra-marital affair with a Pakistani journalist.
The Congress leader has been charged under sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. Under section 498A, the maximum punishment is up to three years of imprisonment, while jail term up to 10 years is prescribed under section 306.
The couple's domestic servant, Narayan Singh, is one of the key witnesses in the case.