Did Gogia, the first Top Police Officer to enter the crime scene act sloppily?
While the clamour for speeding up the probe on Sunanda Murder is going on, in a shocking development, Home Ministry has brought back the controversial police officer Vivek Gogia, who hushed up the murder case and was involved in the cover-up back to Delhi Police on Thursday. Vivek Gogia, who is close to Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel was the Joint Commissioner of Police of South Eastern Region in Delhi when Sunanda was murdered on January 17, 2014.
Did Gogia, who has a degree in medicine before becoming IPS, size up the murder scene and come to the conclusion that it was an open-and-shut case?
He was the first high ranking police officer to visit the spot in Hotel Leela and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) report dated September 27, 2014 had blamed the police team under him for not even handing over the photos of the crime scene and bed sheets in the Hotel room, where Sunanda was found dead. Only in October 2014, almost 9 months later did the Delhi Police probe team under Vivek Gogia hand over the basic materials to AIIMS.
Why did Gogia not handover the basic things – the crime scene photos, bed sheet where Sunanda’s body was found? Did Gogia, who has a degree in medicine before becoming IPS, size up the murder scene and come to the conclusion that it was an open-and-shut case?
Moreover Gogia, on the next day of the murder – January 18, 2014, handed over the mobile phones of Sunanda to husband Shashi Tharoor!!! This was part of the crime scene and should not have been returned. One expects a doctor-turned-policeman to be of above average intellect and one would also expect such a person to diligently preserve the evidence at the crime scene. He should also know that when a wife dies in a marriage that is less than seven years old, then the Seven Year Rule on Death in Marriage has to be followed to the letter. Then why the sloppiness?
When the Delhi Police (DP) registered FIR on the murder case in January 2015, Vivek Gogia was asked to stay away from the probe team.
Gogia was part and parcel of the cover-up in Sunanda Murder and responsible for the crime of hushing up the crime scene. The AIIMS Report blames Delhi Police probe team under Vivek Gogia for seven counts for hushing up the basic materials. Apart from crime scene photos and bed sheet, the police never handed over the materials seized from the hotel room such as, the medicines, unused tablet strips of Alprax, prescriptions. The report also blamed DP for not sending the forensic analysis of the bed sheets. AIIMS also expressed its displeasure with the Delhi Police on non-cooperation in analysing certain doubtful emails sent by Tharoor to the AIIMS Director during the post-mortem. These incidents warrant prompt action against Vivek Gogia for hushing up the evidence, apart from the service related omissions/ sloppiness.
When the Delhi Police registered FIR on the murder case in January 2015, Vivek Gogia was asked to stay away from the probe team. Later Gogia was shunted out from sensitive posts and by December 2016, he was transferred to Goa.
But within five months the Home Ministry transferred him back to the Delhi without any specific posting. The two-line Order, published at the end of this report says Gogia is posted immediately back to Delhi. For what? Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is believed to have initiated this mysterious order for bringing back the controversial officer to Delhi.
The larger question is whether the Home Minister Rajnath Singh is aware of these mysterious developments in his Ministry.
Incidentally Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is a college mate of Shashi Tharoor in St. Stephen’s College. Why did the Home Secretary bring back this controversial officer, when Delhi Police is believed to have started acting on Sunanda Murder case, which is pending for past three years? It is an open secret in Delhi that Vivek Gogia is very close with Congress leaders like Kapil Sibal and Ahmed Patel. Why did the Home Secretary, who reports to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, took keen interest in bringing back this tainted officer with immediate effect?
Rajiv Mehrishi is Home Secretary for the past 20 months and Delhi Police under him is doing nothing in the Sunanda Murder probe. This controversial posting of Vivek Gogia creates doubts as to whether Mehrishi intervened on behalf of his old college mate and friend Tharoor.
The larger question is whether the Home Minister Rajnath Singh is aware of these mysterious developments in his Ministry. Any Kadi-Ninda this time? Or more Masterly Inactivity?
The Home Ministry Order appeared on the website on May 11, 2017, posting controversial officer Vivek Gogia back to Delhi is published below. By now the readers of PGurus know how long the corrupt/ crooked arm of the party that was in power in India for donkey’s years is.
Copy of the Posting Order