The Delhi Police on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it wanted to embark upon a new mode of investigation, called forensic psychology, in the death case of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.
Pushkar, the wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a South Delhi’s five-star hotel suite on the night of January 17, 2014. The suite was sealed on that night itself for investigation.
The court summoned the Deputy Commissioner of Police and asked him to appear before it on September 12 and explain why more time should be granted to the police to complete its investigation as over three years have already passed.
A bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Chander Shekhar said the incident took place in January 2014, and more than three-and-a-half years have elapsed but nothing concrete has emerged.
The court’s remarks came after Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain submitted that Delhi Police was not treating BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s plea as an adversarial one and the investigation was being conducted with “utmost diligence”.
The counsel for the hotel told the court that they received a letter from the police on Friday stating that the CFSL team would visit the suite on September 1
The court had on July 21 ordered de-sealing of the suite within four weeks, saying the hotel could not be put to unending hardship due to laxity on part of the police.
Sunanda Pushkar death case: Justice Manmohan issued notice to Arnab Goswami and Republic TV after the Congress leader alleged that they continued to engage in “defaming and maligning” him despite an assurance given in the court on May 29 by their counsel.
The bench also asked the CGSC if he was “satisfied with the status report”, to which he replied in the affirmative.
The plea said police withheld from the board crucial evidence from the “crime scene”.
Sunanda Pushkar was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a suite of a five-star hotel in south Delhi here on the night of January 17, 2014
Shashi Tharoor’s wife was found dead at a suite in a five-star hotel in South Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014. Her body was found a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over her alleged affair with Tharoor.
The five-star hotel suite has been sealed since Pushkar’s death three years ago. The hotel had filed a plea in court, saying it is facing a “loss of Rs 50 cr” as a result.
A bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice P S Teji asked Swamy what was the public interest in the matter for the court to interfere. It said that according to legal precedents, the court had to be circumspect before interfering.
According to the petition, which is yet to be listed, no chargesheet has been filed nor has anyone been arrested despite a lapse of three years from the date of Pushkar’s death on January 17, 2014.