Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday moved an anticipatory bail petition in a Delhi court, days before he is to appear for hearing in connection with his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death in 2014. The court had issued him summons in June, and asked him to appear on July 7.

The court will consider the anticipatory bail plea at 10 am on Wednesday. Tharoor’s counsel told ANI that the special investigation team had said in its chargesheet that the inquiry was over and no custodial interrogation of any person was needed.

Last month, the court had said Tharoor would face trial on charges of abetting suicide and subjecting his wife to cruelty. Pushkar was found dead at the Leela Palace hotel in New Delhi on January 17, 2014.

In May, the Delhi Police charged Tharoor with abetting Pushkar’s suicide. In a statement, Tharoor claimed the charges were “preposterous and baseless” and a product of a “malicious and vindictive campaign against myself”.

“I will continue to vigorously contest these charges and maintain my steadfast conviction that ultimately the truth will prevail through the judicial system that we are privileged to have in our country,” the Thiruvananthapuram MP had said.