Delhi High Court on Thursday directed Delhi Police to file the final report on Sunanda murder by eight weeks. The Bench headed by Justice GS Sistani gave an ultimatum to Delhi Police after the agency informed that it would require eight more weeks to conclude the probe in the murder case and wanted to use a new technology called forensic psychology in the probe.
During the hearing, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and co-petitioner Advocate Ishkaran Bhandari argued for the role of IPL Cricket related controversies also part of the murder probe. Therefore, the Enforcement Directorate should be made a party in this matter, they said.
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. The next hearing in the case is listed for October 26.
During the hearing, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and co-petitioner Advocate Ishkaran Bhandari argued for the role of IPL Cricket related controversies also part of the murder probe. Therefore, the Enforcement Directorate should be made a party in this matter, they said. The court, however, refrained from going into this aspect saying it will consider it at an appropriate stage.
“We do not want to create any distraction at this moment,” the court said. Responding to Swamy’s arguments, the ASG informed the Judges that Enforcement Directorate has already started pursuing the matter under Prevention of Money Laundering Act and would share the details by next hearing.
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