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SC asks Centre to decide on lawyer’s representation seeking change in Whistleblower’s Act

Supreme court said its premises were "choked" with heavy traffic. SC seeks to put in a time limit under the 2014 Whistleblower's Act for ordering probe.
Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Posted: August 8, 2014 2:30 pm | Updated: August 8, 2014 2:35 pm

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to “expeditiously” decide a lawyer’s representation, seeking to put in a time limit under the 2014 Whistleblower’s Act for ordering probe.

A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha asked lawyer N Rajaraman to first approach the government with his request to incorporate changes in the new law meant for protecting Whistleblowers.

The court said that it expects the government to examine the grievances of the petitioner and decide his representation expeditiously.

Rajaraman has sought stipulating a time limit in Section 5 of the Act so that there was no delay in initiating a probe into the complaints by Whistleblowers.

The petition has cited the case of Sunanda Pushkar’s death where he alleged probe was delayed.

As per the petition, there was an inordinate delay in the investigation. It also stated that the case would not have become a media trial had the leads given by AIIMS doctor Sudhir Gupta been considered as evidence on time.

The case had taken a new turn when the head of the forensic department at AIIMS, Dr Gupta, claimed he was pressured to tamper with the post-mortem report. Pushkar was found dead in a hotel in New Delhi on January 17 earlier this year.

The petition says Pushkar had promised to expose IPL frauds committed by a person with powerful connections. She also had very strong views on Kashmir. Within weeks of her making these revelations, Pushkar was found mysteriously dead in a posh New Delhi hotel on January 17 this year.

Pushkar, who married Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in 2010, had checked into The Leela Hotel in Chanakyapuri a day before her death.

Tharoor’s aides said the couple had checked into the luxury hotel because his bungalow had been undergoing renovation.

Prior to her death, Pushkar was embroiled in a spat with Pakistan-based journalist Mehr Tarar, whom she had accused of stalking her husband.

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