The High Court on Sunanda Pushkar Probe
2 months ago Karuna Sharma 0
Delhi High Court enquired the Police Department of the city about the Sunanda Pushkar case on Wednesday. The Court, today, showed its exasperation to the city police due to the delay in the investigation. It asked the department to show reports within two weeks otherwise the Court themselves shall look into the matter.
This charge of remark came only after the submission of Sanjay Jain, the Additional Solicitor General about the probe and plead the court to look into the developments they have carried out so far.
The Congress MP Shashi Tharoor‘s wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead on 17th of January, 2014, a day after the Twitter Controversy. Mrs. Pushkar died in room number 345 of the Leela Palace Hotel in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, after which Delhi Police has been investigating into the matter. The autopsy report by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) claimed that she died of drug overdose.
Mr.Sanjay Jain also submitted that the Court should converse with Delhi Police inside a chamber because there was no indifference in their working on the case. He asserted that the impediment was mostly due to the delay in getting the reports by the forensics and not because of any individual. Soon after hearing this, the court announced that looking into the matter was not fair but it would definitely like to know till where has the investigation scaled up.
The bench of Justices G.S. Sistani and Chander Shekhar objected the delay and said that it has been more than 3 years, still nothing conclusive has come up yet. After two weeks, the matter was posted by the court and commanded Mr. Sanjay Jain to look into the footing of investigation himself. Following this, the bench said that if there is no development in the case even after two weeks ,it would carry on with the probe itself. Before getting on it, the bench added, it would wait for two more weeks and see any up shot by the Delhi Police regarding the case.
BJP MP Subramaniam Swamy proffered his objection regarding the exclusion of Police and said that he had filed a plea seeking a court monitored CBI-led special investigation and not of expulsion of the Police. Also, Swamy charged that the reports were delayed deliberately to impair the probe.
Furthermore, senior advocate, Mr. Vikas Pahwa appeared on behalf of Shiv Menon, Mr. Tharoor’s stepson to plea for a time-bound investigation. The bench, totally convinced, directed Advocate Ishkaran Singh Bhandari to provide Shiv Menon with copies of the petition filed and other documents regarding the case.
It was on 1st of August that the Court summoned Delhi Police to question the temporization over the probe. However, the bench was not satisfied with their vindication as there was a difference of opinion between the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). With all, the court has expressed its disapprobation over the standing report that the data on the mobile phones, confiscated from the location of the crime have been excised and the failure of the forensic team in recovering those.