Sunanda Pushkar case: Delhi HC asks police to file status report

RSTV Bureau

sunanda_pushkarThe Delhi High Court has asked Delhi police to file a status report within three days in the Sunanada Pushkar death case.

The High Court’s direction came when it was hearing Subramanian Swamy’s plea for a court-monitored probe by the CBI-led Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the matter.

Pushkar, the wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was found dead in a hotel room in South Delhi on January 17, 2014.

The bench comprising of  GS Sistani and Chander Shekhar asked the police to file the status report after Delhi Police counsel Rahul Mehra informed the court that the status report of the investigating agency had been given to him in the court room and he wanted to go through it before placing it on record.

Mehra also informed the court that the SIT had been constituted in the matter.

“We (police) are pretty close to it (finishing the probe),” Mehra said, adding that, before transferring the case to any other agency, the police should be given chance to place their progress report.

He argued that the BJP leader’s petition had raised serious allegations against the police probing the matter, so the agency be given time to place their stand.

The court considered the request and fixed the matter for a hearing on August 1. But the court also directed the police to supply an advance copy of the status report to Swamy, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the CBI.

Swamy has alleged that “inordinate delay” has been caused in the investigation “which is a blot on the justice system”.

On July 12, the High Court had sought the Centre’s stand in the case on a plea filed by the BJP leader seeking a court-monitored CBI-led SIT probe into the death of Pushkar.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor with his late wife Sunanda Pushkar (Photo: PTI/File)

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor with his late wife Sunanda Pushkar (Photo: PTI/File)

Swamy claimed that many evidences in the case had been destroyed and alleged that Tharoor was influencing the investigation in the matter.

“This matter is of national and international interest as the victim was about to disclose about alleged corruption in cricket. She had also called for a press conference before her death to disclose about the same,” Swamy had said in his plea.

The plea, which was filed on July 6, has sought setting up of a multi-disciplinary Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Intelligence Bureau, the Enforcement Directorate, RAW, the Delhi Police and headed by the CBI to probe the case.

(With inputs from PTI)