The fast track court on Thursday cautioned the Delhi Police for lacunae in the copy charge sheet provided to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, the main accused in the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda. Tharoor’s advocate Vikas Pahwa pointed out that the Delhi Police not yet provided many witness statements attached in the charge sheet. He submitted a list of items that he claimed the police have not yet provided. The Court ordered Delhi Police to rectify all the issues and provide documents sought by October 4, cautioning it to be careful in the future.
Responding to the accused Tharoor’s lawyer’ arguments, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal expressed displeasure and told the Public Prosecutor and Delhi Police officers to be more careful. “These issues will create problems during the trial. Be clear by October 4,” said the Judicial Officer.
As per the charge sheet, there are about 56 witnesses in the Sunanda case. Tharoor’s complaint was he was not yet provided all the statements attached in the charge sheet by the police. The Court said that Subramanian Swamy’s reply and petitions will be considered after the verification of the copy of the charge sheet provided to the accused.
12 marks on the body of Sunanda
Delhi Police which promised to the trial court on further probe has not yet moved an inch on these aspects. Delhi Police informed the court that they are probing on the 12 injury marks on Sunanda’s body and other issues pointed out in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) postmortem report. At one point ACMM Samar Vishal asked police to speak on the 12 injury marks in Sunanda’s body and analysis of the AIIMS postmortem report about these dubious injury marks. At that time, which was about three months ago, the Delhi Police had told the Court that a probe was underway on this aspect.
Earlier in his petition, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy pointed out that Tharoor should be charged for trying to manipulate investigation, citing his emails to the doctors conducting the postmortem. Swamy also demanded that the Delhi Police Vigilance Report exposing the dubious activities of the first probe team led by the then Joint Commissioner Vivek Gogia be produced before the court.
The Delhi Police has till now charged Shashi Tharoor only under Sec 306 of IPC (abetment to suicide) and provisions under Sec 498A related to domestic violence. The question on everyone’s lips is why Delhi Police is still delaying the probe on the 12 injury marks on Sunanda’s body, which was clearly analysed by AIIMS, the premier medical institution in the country. Why is the Delhi Police shying away from producing its own Vigilance Report, exposing the frauds and illegalities committed by the first probe team led by the then Joint Commissioner Vivek Gogia to save Tharoor?
Are Tharoor’s partying friends from Lutyens Delhi still playing dirty games and pressurising the Delhi Police?
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