The Delhi High Court asked the police to file a status report with regard to the ongoing probe into the death of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar.
HC today began its hearing on BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking a court-monitored probe by the CBI-led SIT into the death of Pushkar.
A division bench of Justice GS Sistani and Justice PS Teji directed the Delhi Police to submit status report in three days.
Sunanda Pushkar Death Case: Subramanian Swamy filed petition before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Samar Vishal, seeking summoning of Delhi Police Vigilance Report on irregularities by the first probe team. Matter posted for 5 June.
— ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2018
Delhi Police had on May 14 filed a chargesheet against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who has been charged under IPC sections 498A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide). On June 5, the Delhi court will decide whether or not to take cognizance of the chargsheet. Swamy’s application said: “… the vigilance report points out various serious shortcomings in the investigation… If the court examines the shortcomings pointed out in the vigilance report… further investigations on the conspiracy and angles may be carried out… This court may direct the agency to complete the investigation on such shortcomings prior to taking cognizance and issuance of summons.”
“If this court examines those shortcomings pointed out in the vigilance report to the extent whether the investigating agency has considered these shortcomings prior to filing of the charge sheet, further investigations on the conspiracy and other angles may be carried out in the interest of justice,” the application said.
@Swamy39 requests Delhi court to summon the vigilance inquiry report so as to ascertain whether shortcomings in #SunandaPushkar death probe have been addressed in the chargesheet filed by #DelhiPolice. Court will hear on June 5. Read his application here. pic.twitter.com/z0tUvio8Qg
— Utkarsh Anand (@utkarsh_aanand) May 30, 2018
Swamy also sought the court’s nod to assist the prosecution in conducting the case.
Pushkar was found dead in the suite of a luxury hotel in south Delhi on the night of January 17, 2014.
Several persons, including Tharoor, have been questioned in connection with Sunanda’s death. The police have also conducted polygraph test on six persons, all prime witnesses in the case, including Tharoor’s domestic help Narayan Singh, driver Bajrangi and Sanjay Dewan, a close friend of the couple.
Tarar has also been questioned about her relation with the Congress leader and his wife, her fight with Sunanda over Twitter, and other issues revolving around Sunanda’s death.