The Delhi Police on Thursday informed the Delhi High Court that it would require eight more weeks to conclude the probe in the Sunanda Pushkar death case, as reported by news agency PTI. The police said it wanted to pursue a new mode of probe in the case, called the forensic psychology mode.
The police told a bench of Justices G S Sistani and Chander Shekhar that this mode of investigation would take a maximum of eight weeks after which it will file its report. Forensic psychology is an emerging field which makes up an integral part of criminal investigation, prison and profiling systems, which is now used in some developed countries.
Responding to the police’s appeal, the bench said the probe started in 2014 and it was September 2017 now when the agency wants to pursue an additional mode of investigation. The court then asked the police, “should any investigative agency drag the probe for so long?” In response, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who appeared for the police, said this new tool of investigation, which relates also to the personal questioning of certain individuals, was being resorted to ensure that “no stone is left unturned”. Thereafter, the bench told the police to file an affidavit within two weeks placing on record the approximate time that would be taken to conclude its probe.
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. An FIR was registered by Delhi police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).
With PTI inputs