A court in Delhi’s Patiala House Courts complex on Monday allowed Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to travel to Geneva in Switzerland to express condolences to the family of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. He will also seek international aid for Kerala, which is reeling from its worst floods in close to a century, PTI reported.
Tharoor was granted bail in a case related to the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar in a luxury hotel in Delhi four years ago. In June, a Delhi court said Tharoor would face trial on charges of abetting suicide and subjecting his wife to cruelty.
Tharoor is scheduled to leave for Geneva on Monday evening and return the following day.
The court had allowed the Congress MP to travel to Canada earlier this month after furnishing a fixed deposit receipt of Rs 2 lakh.
Annan died at the age of 80 on Saturday, his foundation announced. Tharoor had served as undersecretary-general of the UN when Annan was at the helm. Reacting to the news, Tharoor said he had lost “an elder brother”.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal allowed the Congress leader to travel to Geneva on Monday evening after his lawyers said Tharoor had worked under Annan for ten years and considered him his mentor. Senior advocate Vikas Pahwa and lawyer Gaurav Gupta, who appeared for the legislator, also told the court that Tharoor would also seek international assistance from the United Nations for flood victims in Kerala.