Sunanda was found dead in room number 345 of the Leela Palace hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on January 17, 2014. The police charged Tharoor in May 2018 with abetment to suicide and marital cruelty under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 498A (cruelty by husband) of the Indian Penal Code.
The court had reserved its order on the matter on April 12. In a statement soon after the verdict, Tharoor said that the charges against him were “preposterous”. He thanked his counsels, the judge and expressed faith in the Indian judiciary.
“This brings a significant conclusion to the long nightmare which had enveloped me after the tragic passing of my late wife Sunanda,” Tharoor said in the statement.
The initial FIR filed by the Delhi Police was against unnamed persons, and they only submitted the charge sheet on 14 May 2018, over four years after her death.