Sunanda Pushkar death case: Delhi High Court asks police to submit status report in three days

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. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2017 11:50 am
Sunanda Pushkar, Sunanda pushkar death case, Shashi Tharoor, Delhi High court, Delhi police, Sunanda Pushkar death case: Subramanian Swamy had filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the court on July 6 claiming that there was an “inordinate delay” in the probe. (File photo)

The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Delhi Police to submit a status report within three days into the ongoing probe in the death case of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. The court’s direction came during the hearing on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea for a court-monitored probe by a CBI-led Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the case. Swamy had filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the court on July 6 claiming there was an “inordinate delay” in the probe.

The Bench comprising Justices G S Sistani and Chander Shekhar had asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the CBI and the Delhi Police to specify the current status of the case. The next hearing in the case is on August 1.

The petition filed by Swamy stated: “Sunanda Pushkar’s case is an extreme example of the slow-motion of the criminal justice process and the extent to which it can be subverted by the rich and influential. The fact that influential political personalities and their henchmen are involved in this case presents an added dimension to the issue and raises questions on the efficacy of the existing systems and practices to counter the moves of such influential persons facing serious criminal charges.”

ANI quoted Swamy: “Delhi Police said that they have no objection to a CBI inquiry if the court so decides.”

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police had on July 14 told a city court that they cannot “de-seal” the five-star hotel suite where Pushkar was found dead as they are yet to reach a “definite conclusion” on her death. The court had ordered the police to reply after the administration of the south Delhi hotel filed a plea to de-seal suite number 345 that was sealed on January 17, 2014, after Pushkar’s body was found there. The body was found a day after her spat with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar on Twitter over her alleged affair with Tharoor.

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    vatsal
    Jul 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    Dr. Swamiji. YOur efforts on Ayodhya equally great. Your efforts on Young-India fabulous. YOur efforts on PC golmal equally great. We are proud of you. Keep goinng.
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      A Kiwi
      Jul 20, 2017 at 2:02 pm
      Leading the mob against Republic TV was columnist and long time BJP supporter Tavleen Singh. The writer switched sides the moment Republic TV produced evidence that someone had indeed interfered in the police investigation. Writing in the Indian Express, she describes the channel’s investigation as “a media lynching”. She even lies that Republic TV journalists were not attacked, whereas the visuals show Tharoor’s goons aggressively pushing and shoving them. Tavleen admits in her column that Tharoor is a “Lutyens’ darling”, meaning that he was one of their star members. A breach cannot be allowed. If a celebrity member is questioned and investigated, let alone booked or jailed like a criminal, it would be the beginning of the end for other law breakers as well. Powerful clubs do not operate like that they nip such moves in the bud. Which is why Tavlen was quickly joined by Sadanand Dhume, a pro-Congress journalist and secular apologist who tweeted Tavlen’s words to give herhatchet job
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      1. HILARY PAIS
        Jul 20, 2017 at 1:55 pm
        It is more than three years since an alleged suicide by DK Ravi and IAS officer in Karnataka was handed over to the CBI for investigation. Until today, the CBI has not filed a report.
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          A Kiwi
          Jul 20, 2017 at 1:54 pm
          Because they all feed from the same trough, members of the Lutyens’ club solidly support each other, cutting across ideological and party lines. This is best illustrated by how they closed ranks to try and protect Shashi Tharoor. The former diplomat and Congress politician may or may not be involved in his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s murder, but everyone agrees that the Delhi Police botched the investigation at the behest of someone powerful. It was classic O.J. Simpson style reprieve – there was plenty of circumstantial evidence to book Tharoor, but the police closed his file without pursuing any of the leads. The law is very clear – any mysterious death of a woman within seven years of her marriage needs to be investigated by the anti-dowry cell. That wasn’t applied to Tharoor. But, for the Lutyens cabal, the possible murder of a woman is irrelevant. In their view, the law should be bent to favour one of them.
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            m
            Jul 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm
            justice is been twisted for rich - comfort in jail , no fir in high profile case after 3 yrs , hit and run - guilty then not guilty in appeal -- all this affects the credibility of the judiciary . need to have SOP for high profile cases which should include shifted outside state , fast track investigation , sr official supervision etc hope SC makes it or appoints me to make it
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